Bigeye poacher

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Bigeye poacher
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Agonidae
Genus: Bathyagonus
Species: B. pentacanthus
Binomial name
Bathyagonus pentacanthus
(Gilbert, 1890)
  • Xenochirus pentacanthus Gilbert, 1890
  • Asterotheca pentacantha (Gilbert, 1890)
  • Asterotheca pentacanthus (Gilbert, 1890)
  • Xenertmus pentacanthus (Gilbert, 1890)

The Bigeye poacher (Bathyagonus pentacanthus, also known commonly as the Bigeye starsnout or the Bigeye starsnout poacher[2]) is a fish in the family Agonidae (poachers).[3] It was described by Charles Henry Gilbert in 1890.[4] It is a marine, subtropical fish which is known from the Gulf of Alaska to southern California, USA, in the northern Pacific Ocean. It dwells at a depth range of 110-910 metres, and inhabits soft bottoms. Males can reach a maximum total length of 23 centimetres.[3]

The Bigeye poacher is preyed on by the Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus).[5]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Bathyagonus pentacanthus at
  2. ^ Common names for Bathyagonus pentacanthus at
  3. ^ a b Bathyagonus pentacanthus at
  4. ^ Gilbert, C. H., 1890 (1 July) [ref. 1623] A preliminary report on the fishes collected by the steamer Albatross on the Pacific coast of North America during the year 1889, with descriptions of twelve new genera and ninety-two new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum v. 13 (no. 797): 49-126.
  5. ^ Organisms preying on Bathyagonus pentacanthus at