The spotted handfish, Brachionichthys hirsutus, is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered (CR - A1cde) on the IUCN Red List
2002. It is a benthic fish usually found in depths of 5 to 10 metres,
with overall sightings varying from a minimum of 2 metres depth up to a
maximum of 30 metres deep. They have been recorded from depths between
2-30 m but appear to be most common in 5-10 m (Bruce et al., 1998).
The spotted handfish is unusual in that it has highly adapted pectoral fins, which ap
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