Giant Boarfish

Paristiopterus Labiosus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Paristiopterus Labiosus
Other names Duckfish, Giant Penfish, Long Snouted Boarfish, Sowfish
Size Up to 100 cm (39 in)
Weight Up to 10 kg (22 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Generally in deep water on sandy or muddy bottoms along scattered weed edges or structures
Depth Range
Giant Boarfish Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Giant Boarfish is a deep water, bottom dwelling fish commonly found in depths of 20 m to 200 m (65 – 656 ft) hunting for food. They can be found in shallower waters during the summer spawning season.
  • They are a predator using their large snouts to dig and suck up invertebrates such as crabs, worms, sea cucumbers, starfish & small fish .
  • Little is known on the lifespan of the Giant Boarfish, but otolith microstructure studies have estimated up to 36 years.
  • Boarfish prefer muddy and sandy bottoms next to kelp and weeds, often hiding amongst the weed lines.
  • Adults are commonly found in pairs whilst juvenile fish can be found in small schools.
  • Boarfish are are a highly targeted fish for anglers.
  • Main predators of the Giant Boarfish include sharks and larger predatory fish.
Species Interaction

Recreational & Commercial Fishing

Giant Boarfish are a highly targeted fish for both anglers and commercial fishing. They command a high market price as they are a excellent eating fish.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pentacerotidae

Genus: Paristiopterus

Species: Paristiopterus labiosus

Conservation Status

The Giant Boarfish are not evaluated on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) site. However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.

Fish Taste Quality

Giant Boarfish are a highly rated sports and eating fish. They have a soft white flesh popular in many types of dishes.

Taste Rating: 4/5

How to catch
Giant Boarfish

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Patternoster Rig

Bait: Crab, Squid, Worms

Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure

Popularity: Highly Targeted

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