Yellowspotted Boarfish, Paristiopterus gallipavo Whitley 1944

Other Names: Brown-spotted Boarfish, Giant Boarfish, Yellow-spotted Boarfish, Yellowspotted Penfish

A Yellowspotted Boarfish, Paristiopterus gallipavo. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved


A large, moderately deep and compressed boarfish with the head bones not rough and exposed in all but large adults.

Identifying features.
Snout long and concave - becoming heavier and more elongate with age;
Dorsal fin with long, slender spines in juveniles and adults, the last 5 produced well beyond fin membrane in large individuals;
Anal fin short-based with three spines;
Pearly-grey in colour with two indistinct darker oblique bands on midbody, and brownish spots on head, nape and either side of dorsal-fin base.

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Martin F. Gomon & Dianne J. Bray, Paristiopterus gallipavo in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 May 2019,

Yellowspotted Boarfish, Paristiopterus gallipavo Whitley 1944

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Endemic to temperate waters of southern Australia, from Investigater Strait, South Australia, to Carnarvon, Western Australia. Yellowspotted Boarfish live on the continental shelf and upper slope in 96-260 metres


Meristic features.
Dorsal fin spines/rays: VII-VIII, 16-18
Anal fin spines/rays: III, 9-10
Pectoral fin rays: 16-18
Pelvic fin spines/rays: I, 5
Lateral line scales: 72-26.

Body depth 31-55% SL. Head with extensive fleshy covering of bony areas in all but largest adults; snout noticeably produced in juveniles; nape in juveniles without bony knob.

Dorsal fin with long, slender spines in juveniles and adults, the last 5 produced well beyond fin membrane in large individuals; anal fin short-based, fin margin mostly straight.


Reaches a length of 60 cm.


Body pearly-grey, with brownish spots on the head, nape and on either side of the dorsal-fin base, and smaller brownish flecks elsewhere; two indistinct darker oblique bands on midbody, running obliquely to and above the anal fin; pectoral fins clear, others with brownish spots or blotches, those on caudal fin in a basal crescent-shaped pattern.




Taken as bycatch in commercial fisheries and marketed fresh.


IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Not evaluated

EPBC Act: Not Listed

Similar Species

Siimilar to the Giant Boarfish, Paristiopterus labiosus, which occurs from Port Phillip Bay eastwards.

Species Citation

Paristiopterus gallipavo Whitley, 1944, Proc. Roy. Zool. Soc. N. S. W. 1943-44: 28, fig. 4. Type locality: off Rockingham, Western Australia.


Martin F. Gomon & Dianne J. Bray

Yellowspotted Boarfish, Paristiopterus gallipavo Whitley 1944


Bray, D.J., Hoese, D.F. & Paxton, J.R. 2006. Pentacerotidae (pp. 1312–1316). In  Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol.35, Part 2. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing, Australia.

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Pentacerotidae (pp. 611–617). In Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. The Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast. New Holland Publishers, Chatswood, Australia.

Hardy, G.S. 1983. A revision of the fishes of the family Pentacerotidae (Perciformes). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 10: 177-220 figs 1-13.

Hardy, G.S. 1994. Pentacerotidae. pp. 629-636, figs 553-559 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs

Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. 180 pp.

Kim, S-Y. 2012. Phylogenetic Systematics of the Family Pentacerotidae (Actinopterygii: Order Perciformes). Zootaxa 3366: 1–111

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37367001

Depth:96-260 metres

Fishing:Commercial species

Max Size:60 cm


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