Animal Species:Short Boarfish, Parazanclistius hutchinsi Hardy, 1983

The Short Boarfish has a pointed snout and a concave head profile. The species is endemic to Australia.

Standard Common Name

Short Boarfish

Alternative Name/s

Hutchin's Boarfish


The Short Boarfish has a pointed snout and a concave head profile. It has a very high dorsal fin and a rounded anal fin margin. The body is silver to olive-brown with irregular dark bands. There is a distinct ocellus at the rear of the dorsal fin.

This species is also been called Hutchin's Boarfish. It was named in honour of Dr Barry Hutchins of the Western Australian Museum.

Size range

The species grows to 34 cm in length.

Similar Species

The Short Boarfish could be confused with the Black-spotted Boarfish Zanclistius elevatus, which also occurs in southern Australian waters. The two species can be separated by presence in the Black-spotted Boarfish of a prominent bump on the head above the eyes, the straight anal fin margin, and slightly different body markings.


The Short Boarfish is endemic to Australia. It occurs in temperate coastal waters from eastern Victoria to south-western Western Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Parazanclistius hutchinsi

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Short Boarfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

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