Animal Species:Paxton's Whipnose, Gigantactis paxtoni Bertelsen, Pietsch & Lavenberg, 1981

Paxton's Whipnose can be recognised by its body shape, large teeth and very long lure.


The species was named in honour of Australian Museum Senior Fellow, Dr John Paxton.


It occurs in temperate, marine waters of the Indo-west 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.

Gigantactis paxtoni


  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.

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