Shortfin Batfish (species: Zabidius novemaculatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Zabidius novemaculatus
Shortfin Batfish

©Anne Hoggett: Zabidius novemaculatus at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island. Note row of small white spots above the lateral line and absence of a band at rear body.

©Anne Hoggett: Zabidius novemaculatus (upper left) with several Platax teira at Cobia Hole, Lizard island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Ephippidae
Genus Zabidius
Species Zabidius novemaculatus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 50 cm (Total length according to Allen and Erdman (2012))

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Bellwood, D.R., S. Klanten, P.F. Cowman, M.S. Pratchett, N. Konow and L. van Herwerden (2009). Evolutionary history of the butterflyfishes (f: Chaetodontidae) and the rise of coral feeding fishes, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, doi 10.1111: j1420-9101200901904x. LIRS catalog number 1348.
  • Bray, R.A., T.H. Cribb and J.-L. Justine (2010). Multitestis Manter 1931 (Digenea: Lepocreadiidae) in ephippid and chaetodontid fishes (Perciformes) in the south-western Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean off Western Australia. Zootaxa, 2427: 36-46. LIRS catalog number 1404.
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