Longsnout Boardfish

Pentaceropsis recurvirostris
Image by Mark Norman.

Boarfish grow to approximately 50cm and 4.5 kilograms.

They are found in sheltered inner-shore reefs. The long-snouted boarfish is effective at prying into rocky crevices in search of invertebrates, and the fish is one of the few that feeds on brittle stars and feather stars.

Longsnout boarfish are only found in the waters of southeastern Australia. They tend to be seen close to the shelter of rocky ledges or caves and are  seen guarding small territories. It is found within the deeper sections of the reef and also in waters down over 150 metres. Their name translated from Greek pente keras, meaning ‘five horn’.