Shortfin Seabat, Halieutaea brevicauda Ogilby 1910

Other Names: Batfish, Deep Sea Bat, Deepsea Batfish, Short-finned Batfish, Spiny Sea Bat, Spiny Seabat, Spiny Sea-bat

A Shortfin Seabat, Halieutaea brevicauda, although photographed at Mooloolaba, presumably trawled off the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, and discard as bycatch, May 2020. Source: Nigel Marsh / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial


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Shortfin Seabat, Halieutaea brevicauda Ogilby 1910

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SW of Shark Bay to NW of Cape Leveque, Western Australia, and E of Rockingham Bay, Queensland, to off eastern Victoria, and north-eastern Tasmania.


The specific name brevicauda is from the Latin brevis (= short) and cauda (= tail), in reference to the short caudal fin of this species.

Species Citation

Halieutaea brevicauda Ogilby 1910, Endeavour Series No. 1 23: 138. Type locality: 36 miles south, 12° West from Cape Moreton, Queensland, Australia. [misspelt as Halieutea]


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Shortfin Seabat, Halieutaea brevicauda Ogilby 1910


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Bradbury, M.G. 1999. Family Ogcocephalidae. pp. 2023-2025 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. 

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Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp. 

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Ho, H. 2020. Halieutaea brevicauda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T140330910A140859572. Downloaded on 25 May 2021.

May, J.L. & Maxwell, J.G.H. 1986. Field Guide to Trawl Fish from Temperate Waters of Australia. Hobart : CSIRO Division of Marine Research 492 pp. 

McCulloch, A.R. 1914. Report on some fishes obtained by the F.I.S. Endeavour on the coasts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South and South-Western Australia. Part 2. Biological Results of the Fishing Experiments carried on by the F.I.S. Endeavour 1909-1914 2(3): 77-165 figs 1-15 pls 13-34 See ref at BHL

Ogilby, J.D. 1910. On some new fishes from the Queensland coast. Endeavour Series No. 1 23: 85-139

Pollard, J. (ed.) 1980. G.P. Whitley's Handbook of Australian Fishes. North Sydney : Jack Pollard Publishing Pty Ltd 629 pp. 

Prokofiev, A.M. 2020.  A new species of Halieutaea (Teleostei: Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae) with a revised identification key for the genus. Munis Entomology & Zoology 15(2): 331-335. See ref online

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CAAB Code:37212001

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:54-260 m

Habitat:Soft sediment areas

Max Size:21 cm TL


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