Dart Sand-diving Lizardfish, Pseudotrichonotus belos Gill & Pogonoski 2016

Holotype of the Dart Sand-diving Lizardfish, Pseudotrichonotus belos, from southwest of Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, depth 100 m - CSIRO H 6406-04. Source: Louise Conboy / Australlian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: All rights reserved

A small sand-diving lizardfish known from only three specimens. The species is pale pinkish with a bright yellow midlateral stripe that breaks up into four spots along the rear of the body, a faint iridescent bluish-grey stripe below the yellow, and a series of purplish spots within the yellow stripe that become saddles posteriorly.

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Bray, D.J. 2016, Pseudotrichonotus belos in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5302

Dart Sand-diving Lizardfish, Pseudotrichonotus belos Gill & Pogonoski 2016

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Trawled in depths of 100–120 m offshore between Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay, Western Australia.


Distinguished by the following characters: dorsal-fin origin well behind pelvic-fin origin, predorsal length 39.6–41.2% SL; dorsal-fin rays 31–33; anal-fin rays 12. 


One specimen had consumed small gastropod molluscs.


The specific name belos is from the Greek meaning arrow or dart, in reference to the dart-like appearance of this species.

Species Citation

Pseudotrichonotus belos Gill & Pogonoski 2016, Zootaxa 4205(2): 190, Figs. 1-2. Type locality: Southwest of Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, 22°51'S, 113°31'E, depth 100 m.


Bray, D.J. 2016

Dart Sand-diving Lizardfish, Pseudotrichonotus belos Gill & Pogonoski 2016


Gill, A.C., & Pogonoski, J.J. 2016. Pseudotrichonotus belos new species, first record of the fish family Pseudotrichonotidae from Australia (Teleostei: Aulopiformes). Zootaxa 4205 (2): 189–193. http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4205.2.8  Open access

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Depth:100-120 m

Habitat:Sand, rubble bottom

Max Size:4 cm SL


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