Goanna fish

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Goanna fish
Halosaurus pectoralis (Goanna fish).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Notacanthiformes
Family: Halosauridae
Genus: Halosaurus
Species: H. pectoralis
Binomial name
Halosaurus pectoralis
McCulloch, 1926

The goanna fish, Australian halosaur, or common halosaur, Halosaurus pectoralis, is a halosaur of the genus Halosaurus, found in the south west Pacific Ocean.


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Halosaurus pectoralis" in FishBase. April 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