Starry Seabat, Halieutaea sp

Other Names: Minipizza Seabat, Starry Batfish

Starry Seabat, Halieutaea sp. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

An undescribed deep-seabat from off Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The species is pinkish to reddish pink with fine greyish to black spots forming vermiculate or crescentic patterns on the upper surface, and red pectoral, caudal and dorsal fins with a black margin. The species has an almost rounded disc, strongly pointed tubercles on the dorsal surface and body margins, and tiny spinules between the tubercles.

In Australia, this species has commonly been known as Halieutaea stellata.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Halieutaea sp in Fishes of Australia, accessed 01 Jul 2022,

Starry Seabat, Halieutaea sp

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Off Carnarvon, Western Australia, to off Cape Croker, Northern Territory, and seamounts in the Coral Sea between southern Queensland and New Caledonia; also northern New Caledonia and northern New Zealand.


Reddish with a vermiculate pattern on dorsal surface.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Starry Seabat, Halieutaea sp


Ho, H.-C. 2015. 115 Family Ogcocephalidae, pp. 896-902 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

Ho, H.-C., Roberts, C.D. & Shao, K.-T. 2013. Revision of batfishes (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae) of New Zealand and adjacent waters, with description of two new species of the genus Malthopsis. Zootaxa 3626(1): 188-200 (as Halieutaea stellata)

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. (as Halieutaea stellata)

Last, P.R. 2020. Halieutaea sp. W4, in CAAB - Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota, accessed 12 Octorber 2020,

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. (as Halieutaea stellata)

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. (as Halieutaea stellata)

Russell, B.C. & Houston, W. 1989. Offshore fishes of the Arafura Sea. The Beagle 6(1): 69-84. (as Halieutaea stellata)

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CAAB Code:37212002

Depth:29-135 m

Habitat:Sandy/shelly bottoms

Max Size:30 cm TL

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