Giant stargazer

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Giant stargazer
Kathetostoma giganteum Haast by James Francis McCardell.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Uranoscopidae
Genus: Kathetostoma
Species: K. giganteum
Binomial name
Kathetostoma giganteum
Haast, 1873

The giant stargazer, Kathetostoma giganteum, is a stargazer of the family Uranoscopidae, found on the continental shelf around New Zealand and endemic to that area.[1]

It is commonly called monkfish, but this should not be confused with the Northern Hemisphere monkfish which is an entirely different genus of fish, Lophius, in another order, Lophiiformes.[2]


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Kathetostoma giganteum" in FishBase. May 2006 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8