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Also known as:

Short-fin Batfish

Short-finned Batfish

Ninespine Batfish

Ninespined Batfish

Common Group Name:

Batfishes

Family Name:

Ephippidae

Genus Name:

Zabidius

Species Name:

Zabidius novemaculeatus


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of these fish can be improved by killing them humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • A silver, laterally compressed species with a dark vertical band on the head through the eye and another through the operculum and base of the pectoral-fin.
  • Pelvic fins are dusky brown/black with darker margins on the anal and caudal fins, while the dorsal fin has 9 spines.
  • The vertical bands are obvious in juveniles and fade with growth.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species occurs throughout the tropical Indo- Pacific region from Indonesia to Japan, south to Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and tropical Australia.
  • This species frequents inshore structures and inshore reefs in muddy/silty areas at depths between 5 and 50 meters.

Fish Size Common Length:

Common between 20 and 35 cm, maximum size around 45 cm and 1.5 kg (3 pounds).