Until recently, the species was placed in the genus Sympterichthys. In their handfish revision paper, Last and Gledhill (2009) created the new genus name Thymichthys, in which T. politus and T. verrucosus (the Warty Handfish) are now classified.
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.
- Last, P.R. & D.C. Gledhill, 2009. A revision of the Australian handfishes (Lophiiformes: Brachionichthyidae), with descriptions of three new genera and nine new species. Zootaxa. 2252: 1-77.