Animal Species:Goblinfish, Glyptauchen panduratus (Richardson, 1850)

The Goblinfish can be recognised by the deep transverse groove behind the head and large pectoral fins.

Goblinfish at Kurnell

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Standard Common Name

Goblinfish

Alternative Name/s

Saddle Head, Saddle-headed Goblin Fish

Identification

The colouration of the species is variable from white to reddish-brown and black.  Individuals can quickly change their colouration to match the environment.

Size range

20 cm

Distribution

The Goblinfish is an Australian endemic that occurs in marine waters of southern Australia.

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.

Glyptauchen panduratus

Habitat

Coatal reefs and rocky areas in estuaries.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The species is rarely sighted during the day, emerging from cover at night.

Danger to humans and first aid

The dorsal spines are venomous.

Classification

Species:
panduratus
Genus:
Glyptauchen
Family:
Tetrarogidae
Order:
Scorpaeniformes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. 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.
  2. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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