Common name: Bigspine Boarfish. Scientific name: Pentaceros decacanthus. Family: Pentacerotidae.

Bigspine Boarfish: Grows to a maximum length of about 24cm. A deep water fish ranging from 37m to about 600m!

Found around southern Australia and New Zealand.

It is an important section of the Western Australian trawl fishery and is caught at depths of between 300m and 600 m.

It is also taken as by-catch in the southeast Australian trawl fishery, where it has been assessed as a medium risk species.


  1. Great post, thanks! Can you tell us more about monk fish sometime?

    1. Dear Dr Carter,
      Stay tuned. Same fish channel. Same fish time. You never know what fish may pop up.
      Yours in fish,

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