Animal Species:Clouded Saury, Saurida nebulosa Valenciennes, 1849
The Clouded Saury has many fine, sharp teeth. The body often several distinct dark blotches crossing the back.
Blotched Saury, Clouded Lizardfish, Nebulous Lizardfish
It grows to about 17 cm in length.
The species occurs in tropical waters of the Indo-west-central-Pacific region.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
It usually inhabits coastal waters on sandy and muddy substrates.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Russell, B.C., 1999. Synodontidae: lizardfishes (also bombay ducks, sauries). p. 1928-1945. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes. Part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae). FAO, Rome. pp. 1397-2068.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology