Elongate silver body with large jaw extending back level with the eye, low dorsal and anal fins commencing two-thirds back along the body. An open-water migratory species, moving south from subtropical areas in spring and northward again in autumn. Its name derives from an ability to cut nets and lines with the sharp teeth.
Max Size: 130 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 0.0-28.8°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Open ocean, Rocky Reef, Seagrass
Threats: By-catch, Exploitation
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (3% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Many (34 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney