Largescale Saury, Saurida undosquamis (Richardson 1848)

Other Names: Brushtooth Lizardfish, Checkered Lizardfish, Large Scale Grinner, Large-scaled Grinner, Large-scaled Saury, Saury

A Largescale Saury, Saurida undosquamis, at Cabbage Tree Island, Port Stephens - depth 9 m. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

There is confusion as to the distribution of this species as many specimens in Australia have been misidentified. Russell and Smith-Vaniz (2016) consider the Largescale Saury to be endemic to northwestern Australia.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Saurida undosquamis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 May 2024,

Largescale Saury, Saurida undosquamis (Richardson 1848)

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Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, to the Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory (Russell & Smith-Vaniz 2016). Inhabits sandy and muddy areas adjacent to reefs.


Feeds on fishes, crustaceans, and other invertebrates.

Species Citation

Saurus undosquamis Richardson 1848, Zool. Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror 1839–43 Vol. 2: 138, pl. 51(1-6). Type locality: coast of north-western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Largescale Saury, Saurida undosquamis (Richardson 1848)


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Günther, A. 1864. Catalogue of the Fishes of the British Museum. Catalogue of the Physostomi, containing the families Siluridae, Characinidae, Haplochitonidae, Sternoptychidae, Scopelidae, Stomiatidae in the collection of the British Museum. London : British Museum Vol. 5 455 pp. 

Inoue, T. & Nakabo, T. 2006. The Saurida undosquamis group (Aulopiformes: Synodontidae), with description of a new species from southern Japan. Ichthyological Research 53(4): 379-397 

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293 

Richardson, J. 1848. Ichthyology. 75-139 pls 42-43 & 44 (parts), 45-52, 53 in Richardson, J. & Gray, J.E. (eds). The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror under the Command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S., during the years 1839–43. London : Smith, Elder & Co. Vol. 2 139 pp. 

Russell, B.C. 1999. Families Synodontidae, Bathysauridae. pp. 1928-1947 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068. 

Russell, B.C., Golani, D. & Tikochinski, Y. 2015. Saurida lessepsianus a new species of lizardfish (Pisces: Synodontidae) from the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea, with a key to Saurida species in the Red Sea. Zootaxa 3956(4): 559–568 

Russell, B., Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Lawrence, A. 2016. Saurida undosquamis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T18123647A55159722. Downloaded on 03 February 2021.

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls.

Shindo, S. & Yamada, Y. 1972. Descriptions of three new species of the lizardfish genus Saurida, with a key to its Indo-Pacific species. 2 parts. UO. Japanese Society of Ichthyologists 11(11 and 12): 1-13 and 1-14 figs 1-17

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CAAB Code:37118001

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-200 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sand/mud areas

Max Size:40 cm SL


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