Sympterichthys moultoni Last & Gledhill 2009

Moulton’s Handfish, Sympterichthys moultoni, CSIRO H 4461–01, paratype, 39.3 mm SL. Source: Karen Gowlett-Holmes. License: All rights reserved

A small rare pale pinkish handfish with dark outer membranes on the caudal and pectoral fins.

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Dianne J. Bray, Sympterichthys moultoni in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Mar 2023,

Sympterichthys moultoni Last & Gledhill 2009

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Known only from Cape Howe, New South Wales, to eastern Bass Strait, Victoria, and north-eastern Tasmania. Little is known of the preferred habitat of this species.


Little is known of the life history of this species.


Taken as incidental by-catch in benthic sleds or demersal trawls, in about 100–200 m. Populations of this species may have been impacted by commercial fishing in southeastern Australia.


Dianne J. Bray

Sympterichthys moultoni Last & Gledhill 2009


Last, P.R. & Gledhill, D.C. 2009. A revision of the Australian handfishes (Lophiiformes: Brachionichthyidae), with descriptions of three new genera and nine new species. Zootaxa 2252: 1-77.

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CAAB Code:37209016

Depth:105-210 m


Max Size:6 cm TL


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