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Scientific Name: Kathetostoma laeve (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Common Name: Common Stargazer
Distribution: Native to Southern Australia
Habitat: Sandy and silty bottoms, usually in sheltered bays or moderately exposed coastal areas
Max Depth: 0 - 150 m (Bray, 2001)
Size: 75 cm
Colour: Body is greyish on top and paler underneath with two dark vertical bands or saddles across the back. A large dark smudge below the eye. Markings fade with age.
Body: Large squarish, bony head, robust body, tapering to the tail.
Head has upturned mouth, eyes on top of the head
Pectoral fins are large, with a stout spine on top of fin base
- Dorsal fin spines/rays: 16-17
- Anal fin spines/rays: 14-15
- Caudal fin rays: 11-13
- Pectoral fin rays: 18-20
- Ventral fin spines/rays: I, 5
Details: Nocturnal Animal
Can be aggressive to divers.
“A large spine projecting backwards above the gill opening is reportly venomous” (Bray, 2001)
Under UV light the head looks like a scull.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2021). FishBase. Kathetostoma laeve (Bloch & Schneider, 1801). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=275993 on 2021-08-06
Bray, D.J. & Gomon, M.F., 2011, Common Stargazer, Kathetostoma laeve, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 08 Sep 2022, http://184.108.40.206:8098/species/7995