Curious Wormfish (species: Gunnellichthys curiosus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Gunnellichthys curiosus
Curious Wormfish

©Anne Hoggett: One of a pair of Gunnellichthys curiosus at base of reef slope, North Point, Lizard Island, about 12 cm long.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Microdesmidae
Genus Gunnellichthys
Species Gunnellichthys curiosus



Distinguishing features

An elongate, thin fish, white with a broad yellow stripe along whole body to tail base, with a black spot on the tail. Solitary or in pairs.


  • Up to 12 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.