Tailspot Lizardfish (species: Synodus jaculum) in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Synodus jaculum
Tailspot Lizardfish

©Anne Hoggett: Synodus jaculum off Coconut Beach, Lizard Island. Note large dark mark on tail base and W-shaped mark on snout.

©Victor Huertas: Synodus jaculum at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island. Note the characteristic dark band at base of tail that forms a forward-pointing, rounded triangle on the side and the dark markings on the snout.

©Graham Edgar: Synodus jaculum at Cod Hole near Lizard Island. These individuals were originally identified as Synodus variegatus by Graham Edgar but distinctive markings on the tail base and on the snout indicate Synodus jaculum.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Aulopiformes
Family Synodontidae
Genus Synodus
Species Synodus jaculum



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 14 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • Russell, B.C. and R.F. Cressey (1979). Three new species of Indo-west Pacific lizardfish (Synodontidae), Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 92(1): 166-175. LIRS catalog number 55.