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Family: Pentacerotidae Armorheads



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Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 90 cm TL
Evistias acutirostris (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844)

Photo by Photo by Nakamura, T.
 
Evistias acutirostris
[Striped boarfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 42 cm TL
Histiopterus typus Temminck & Schlegel, 1844

Photo by Photo by Hermosa, Jr., G.V.
 
Histiopterus typus
[Sailfin armourhead]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 34 cm TL
Parazanclistius hutchinsi Hardy, 1983

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Parazanclistius hutchinsi
[Short boarfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Paristiopterus gallipavo Whitley, 1944

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Paristiopterus gallipavo
[Yellowspotted boarfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Paristiopterus labiosus (Günther, 1872)

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Paristiopterus labiosus
[Giant boarfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Pentaceropsis recurvirostris (Richardson, 1845)

Photo by Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Pentaceropsis recurvirostris
[Longsnout boarfish]



Southeast Atlantic to Wes
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Pentaceros capensis Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Photo by Alvheim, O./Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
 
Pentaceros capensis
[Cape armourhead]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 25.5 cm NG
Pentaceros decacanthus Günther, 1859

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Pentaceros decacanthus
[Bigspined boarfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Pentaceros japonicus Steindachner, 1883

Photo by Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan
 
Pentaceros japonicus
[Japanese armorhead]
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Pentaceros quinquespinis
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Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 56 cm TL
Pentaceros richardsoni Smith, 1844

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Pentaceros richardsoni
[Pelagic armourhead]
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Max. Length 44 cm TL

 
Pentaceros wheeleri
[Slender armorhead]



South Pacific
Max. Length 33 cm TL
Zanclistius elevatus (Ramsay & Ogilby, 1888)

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Zanclistius elevatus
[Longfin boarfish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Evistias acutirostris Striped boarfish Pacific Ocean 90 TL 1844
Histiopterus typus Sailfin armourhead Indo-Pacific 42 TL 1844
Parazanclistius hutchinsi Short boarfish Eastern Indian Ocean 34 TL 1983
Paristiopterus gallipavo Yellowspotted boarfish Eastern Indian Ocean 100 TL 1944
Paristiopterus labiosus Giant boarfish Eastern Indian Ocean 100 TL 1872
Pentaceropsis recurvirostris Longsnout boarfish Eastern Indian Ocean 50 TL 1845
Pentaceros capensis Cape armourhead Southeast Atlantic to Wes 35 TL 1829
Pentaceros decacanthus Bigspined boarfish Indo-Pacific 25.5 NG 1859
Pentaceros japonicus Japanese armorhead Western Pacific 25 TL 1883
Pentaceros quinquespinis Southeast Pacific 1988
Pentaceros richardsoni Pelagic armourhead Southeast Atlantic 56 TL 1844
Pentaceros wheeleri Slender armorhead North Pacific 44 TL 1983
Zanclistius elevatus Longfin boarfish South Pacific 33 TL 1888



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