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.

Jamie Moir
© Jamie Moir


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.


  • 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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