Marbled Shortnose Seabat, Halicmetus marmoratus Weber 1913

A Marbled Shortnose Seabat, Halicmetus marmoratus, AMS I,24822-001, from off Wollongong, New South Wales, 34°38’S, 151°15’E, 348 m, 19 July 1979. Source: Ken J. Graham, Fig. 1B, in Ho & Last (2018) Zootaxa 4508(2): 179-196. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A pinkish-yellow seabat with a blackish-green marble pattern, pale fins, and a pale to pinkish underside.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Halicmetus marmoratus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 Jan 2023,

Marbled Shortnose Seabat, Halicmetus marmoratus Weber 1913

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Eastern Australia, from off Raine Island, Coral Sea, Queensland, to south of Point Hicks, Victoria, and southeast of Hobart, Tasmania. Inhabits seamounts, ridges and rises on the continental slope at depths of 256-695 m, mostly between 300 and 500 m.


Ho and Last (2018) tentatively identified two specimens from Madagascar as Halicmetus marmoratus.

Species Citation

Halicmetus ruber var. marmoratus Weber 1913, Die Fische der Siboga-Expedition: 567. Type locality: Madura Sea, 7°15'S, 115°15.6'E, depth 289 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Marbled Shortnose Seabat, Halicmetus marmoratus Weber 1913


Ho, H.-C. & Last, P.R. 2018. Review of the batfish genus Halicmetus Alcock, 1891 from Australian waters, with descriptions of two new species (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae). Zootaxa 4508(2): 179-196.

Weber, M. 1913. Die Fische der Siboga-Expedition. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 710 pp., 12 pls. See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37212017

Depth:256-695 m

Habitat:Seamounts, ridges, rises

Max Size:8..2 cm SL

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