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Species Hoplostethus mediterraneus Cuvier, 1829

Blacktip Sawbelly, Common Sawbelly, New Zealand Saw-belly, New Zealand Sawbelly, Sawbelly, Silver Roughy



Workers in Australia usually use the name Hoplostethus intermedius for the Australian and New Zealand species, but workers in New Zealand treat the species as a junior synonym of Hoplostethus mediterraneus (see Gomon 2008 and Roberts & Gomon 2015).




New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Off Wooli, NSW (29º52´S) to off Cape Everard, VIC (38º10´S) and the Great Australian Bight (128º29´–126º42´E) to south of Cape Leeuwin, WA (115º02´E), Lord Howe Rise and Norfolk Ridge; temperate, Atlantic and southern circumglobal

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Lord Howe Province (14), Norfolk Island Province (21), Southern Province (8), West Tasmania Transition (9)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental slope.

Extra Ecological Information

200–600 m.


General References

Gomon, M.F. 1994. Families Trachichthyidae, Monocentridae. pp. 399-412 figs 358-369 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. [404] (as Hoplostethus intermedius)

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Trachichthyidae. pp. 420-430 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [424]

May, J.L. & Maxwell, J.G.H. 1986. Field Guide to Trawl Fish from Temperate Waters of Australia. Hobart : CSIRO Division of Marine Research 492 pp. [218] (as Hoplostethus intermedius)

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part I. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 1–144 [132] (as Hoplostethus intermedius)

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [79] (547, as Hoplostethus intermedius)

Paulin, C.D. 1979. New Zealand roughies (Pisces: Berycomorphii: Trachichthyidae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 6: 69-76 figs 1-5 (as Hoplostethus mediterraneus)

Paxton, J.R., Hoese, D.F., Allen, G.R. & Hanley, J.E. (eds) 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Pisces: Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 7 665 pp. [366] (as Hoplostethus intermedius)

Paxton, J.R., J.E. Gates, D.J. Bray, M.F. Gomon & D.F. Hoese 2006. Trachichthyidae. pp. 767-772 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [769] (as Hoplostethus intermedius)

Roberts, C.D. & Gomon, M.F. 2012. A review of giant roughies of the genus Hoplostethus (Beryciformes, Trachichthyidae), with descriptions of two new Australasian species. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 69: 341–354 [341] (suggested the species is a junior synonym of H. mediterraneus)

Roberts, C.D. & Gomon, M.F. 2015. Family Trachichthyidae. pp.1009-1021 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

Scott, T.D., Glover, C.J.M. & Southcott, R.V. 1974. The Marine and Freshwater Fishes of South Australia. Adelaide : Government Printer 392 pp. figs. [120] (as Hoplostethus intermedius)

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [40] (736, as Hoplostethus intermedius)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
06-Jun-2016 BERYCIFORMES 17-May-2016 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED