Spotted Stargazer, Ichthyscopus sannio Whitley 1936

Other Names: Northern Stargazer, Spotcheck Stargazer, Star-gazer

A Spotted Stargazer, Ichthyscopus sannio, from Noosa Heads, Queensland, August 2020. Source: Jock Mackenzie / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A brownish stargazer with a whitish lower body, a dark blotch on the cheek, pale yellow spots forming irregular bars or eye spots; large brownish blotch on cheek and another across back to pectoral-fin regions. 

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Ichthyscopus sannio in Fishes of Australia, accessed 06 Jun 2023,

Spotted Stargazer, Ichthyscopus sannio Whitley 1936

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Bohle River estuary, Townsville, Queensland, to Greenpatch, Jervis Bay, New South Wales.

Species Citation

Ichthyscopus sannio Whitley 1936, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 11(1): 45. Type locality: Patonga, Broken Bay, New South Wales.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Spotted Stargazer, Ichthyscopus sannio Whitley 1936


Gomon, M.F. & Johnson, J.W. 1999. A new fringed stargazer (Uranoscopidae: Ichthyscopus) with descriptions of the other Australian species in the genus. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 597-619 figs 1-9 See ref at BHL

Grant, E.M. 1991. Fishes of Australia. Brisbane : EM Grant Pty Ltd 480 pp. (as Ichthyscopus lebeck sannio)

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. (as Ichthyscopus lebeck)

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762 

Kishimoto, H. 2001. Uranoscopidae. pp. 3519-3531 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. 

Marshall, T.C. 1964. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coastal Waters of Queensland. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 566 pp. 136 pls. 

Pietsch, T.W. 1989. Phylogenetic relationships of trachinoid fishes of the family Uranoscopidae. Copeia 1989(2): 253-303 (as Ichthyscopus lebeck)

Vilasri, V.  2013. Comparative anatomy and phylogenetic systematics of the family Uranoscopidae (Actinopterygii: Perciformes). Memoirs of the Faculty of Fisheries Hokkaido University 55(1/2): 1-106.

Vilasri, V., Ho, H.-C., Kawai, T. & Gomon, M.F. 2019. A new stargazer, Ichthyscopus pollicaris (Perciformes: Uranoscopidae), from East Asia. pp. 49-59 in Ho, H.-C., K. Koeda, K. & Hilton, E.J. (eds). Study on the fish taxonomy and diversity of Taiwan. Zootaxa 4702(1)

Whitley, G.P. 1936. More ichthyological miscellanea. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 11(1): 23-51 figs 1-6 pl. 4 See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37400022

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Estuaries, coastal waters

Max Size:65 cm TL


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