Dragonet, Bovichtus angustifrons Regan 1913

Other Names: Horny, Horny Thornfish, Marblefish, Thornfish, Variegated Marblefish

A Dragonet, Bovichtus angustifrons, in The Arches Marine Sanctuary, Twelve Apostles, Victoria, 2013. Source: Mark D. Norman / Museums Victoria. License: CC by Attribution


Well-camouflaged fishes with large pectoral fins, a large head and a large spine projecting near the top of the gill cover. Variable in colour ranging from light bluish-grey to light brown with darker reddish to brown mottling, spots and blotches. Dragonets are often seen darting around in tide pools or on pier pylons.

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Dianne J. Bray, Bovichtus angustifrons in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/935

Dragonet, Bovichtus angustifrons Regan 1913

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Endemic to southern Australia from Green Cape in southern New South Wales to about Ceduna in the Great Australian Bight, South Australia, and around Tasmania. Inhabits shallow rocky reefs and often seen in tidepools and around jetty pylons.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin VIII, 18-20; Anal fin 18; Caudal fin 13-14; Pectoral fin 15-16; Pelvic fin I, 5; Lateral line (pores) 74-82.

Species Citation

Bovichthys angustifrons Regan, 1913, Trans. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh 49(2): 255, pl. 4(1). Type locality: Tasmania.


Dianne J. Bray

Dragonet, Bovichtus angustifrons Regan 1913


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CAAB Code:37403001

Depth:0-15 metres

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL


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