Image: Shortbill Spearfish, Tetrapturus angustirostris

Shortbill Spearfish, Tetrapturus angustirostris

A Shortbill Spearfish caught on hook and line at a depth of 450 m, off Rottnest Island, Perth, 31 August 2011.

Photographer:
Jamie Moir
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Notes

The species occurs in offshore waters and is infrequently encountered close to the coast.  It is recorded from the Indo-Pacific region and rarely from the Atlantic.  In Australia it occurs in most marine offshore areas, but has not been recorded from Northern Territory waters or the Gulf of Carpentaria.

References:

  • 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.
  • Nakamura, I. 1985. FAO species catalogue. Vol. 5. Billfishes of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of marlins, sailfishes, spearfishes and swordfishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. No. 125 (5): i-iv, 1-65.
  • Pepperell, J. 2010. Fishes of the Open Ocean. A natural history & illustrated guide. University of NSW Press. Pp. 266.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Tetrapturus angustirostris, Shortbill Spearfish, Istiophoridae,