Body moderately deep, compressed, head bones striated, nape with low bony knob; snout much longer than eye diameter, becoming longer and deeper with age. Dorsal fin with 7-8 spines, juveniles with long, slender spines, adults with shorter and heavier spines, soft fin rays only slightly taller anteriorly, not forming a pointed lobe. Anal fin with 2 spines, pectoral-fin base in front of pelvic-fin bas, tail slightly concave. Greenish brown, paler below, with 3 broad indistinct oblique stripes across body. Adult males sometimes peppered with yellow spots. To 90 cm.
Giant boarfish use their prominent snout and jaws to poke in the sand for shellfish. They are trawled in small numbers and good eating.
Temperate waters, near the bottom at 30-165 m.
New Zealand and south-eastern Australia, including central and eastern Victoria.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed