Painted Latchet, Pterygotrigla andertoni Waite 1910

Other Names: Spotted Gurnard

Painted Latchet, Pterygotrigla andertoni. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A pink to pinkish-orange gurnard becoming silvery-white below, with prominent small dark spots on top of head and upper body. The large pectoral fins have a yellowish-green inner surface with concentric dark-edged bluish bands and a large black basal spot enclosing smaller white spots.

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Painted Latchet, Pterygotrigla andertoni Waite 1910

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Found in deep waters of the Coral Sea, Queensland (23º) to off eastern Bass Strait, and the Great Australian Bight to about Fremantle; also at Norfolk Island, and on the Norfolk Ridge in the Tasman Sea, and off New Caledonia and New Zealand. The Painted Latchet is uncommon on the south coast.
Lives on the bottom at depths of about 120- 450 m.


Dorsal fin VII–VIII + 11-12; Anal fin 12; Caudal fin 11; Pectoral fin 12 + 3; Pelvic fin I, 5; Lateral line scales 63-65.

Long spines on operculum, above pectoral fin base and on bony process alongside dorsal fin origin; scales in about 110–120 diagonal rows above lateral line, absent just behind head and anterior portion of belly; caudal fin forked; pectoral-fin tip to well past ventral fin tip.  


Generally pinkish, though mostly yellow above and white below; fins yellow to pink; prominent black spots and elongate marks dorsally on head, body and dorsal and caudal fins, extending more and more ventrally in large specimens; pectoral fins brown with about seven transverse black bands or rows of spots and broad white distal margin on outer side, inner side yellowish with green stripes or blotches and large black spot with white speckles basally.

Similar Species

In the past, this species has been confused with Pterygotrigla picta, a species that is known from off Chile in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Species Citation

Pterygotrigla andertoni Waite 1910, Trans. N. Z. Inst. 1910(1): 26. Type locality: Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Painted Latchet, Pterygotrigla andertoni Waite 1910


Fricke, R., Kulbicki, M. & Wantiez, L. 2011. Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) Neue Serie 4: 341-463.

Gomon, M.F. 1994. Family Triglidae. pp. 494-505 figs 442-450 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. (as Pterygotrigla picta)

Gomon, M.F. & Last, P.R. 2008. Family Triglidae. pp. 508-514 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

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. (as Pterygotrigla picta)

Richards, W.J. 1999. Family Triglidae. pp. 2359-2382 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. 4 pp. 2069-2790. 

Waite, E.R. 1910. Additions to the fish fauna of New Zealand. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 1910(1): 25-26 

Yearsley, G.K., Last, P.R. & Ward, R.D. (eds) 1999. Australian Seafood Handbook. Hobart : CSIRO Marine Research 460 pp.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37288005

Depth:120-450 m

Fishing:Commercial fish

Habitat:Bottom dweller

Max Size:50 cm TL

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