Animal Species:Yellowspotted Boarfish, Paristiopterus gallipavo Whitley, 1944
The Yellowspotted Boarfish is white to brown or grey with brown stripes on the side of the body and yellow to brown spots. The species was described in 1944 by Australian Museum Fish Curator Gilbert Whitley.
Standard Common Name
Brown-spotted Boarfish, Giant Boarfish, Yellowspotted Penfish
The Yellowspotted Boarfish has a moderately deep, compressed body. The dorsal fin spines are long, the posterior five are longer than the soft dorsal fin rays. The species is white to brown or grey with brown stripes on the side of the body and yellow to brown spots.
The species grows to 60 cm in length.
The Yellowspotted Boarfish is endemic to Australia. It is found in waters from eastern South Australia to the central coast of Western 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.
Distribution by collection data
- Hardy, G.S. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
- 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.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology