Synodus binotatus

Twospot Lizardfish | Spotnose Lizardfish
Synodus binotatus
Synodus binotatus, Photo: Graham Edgar
Synodus binotatus
Synodus binotatus, Cook Islands, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Synodus binotatus
Synodus binotatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Two distinct rounded spots on tip of snout and 8-10 well-defined dark blotches along underside. S. variegatus (variegated lizardfish) often with 2 elongated spots on snout, but also has more rectangular markings in 2 rows along side of body behind pectoral fin.


Max Size: 18 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.1-30.7°C

Depth: 1-88m

Habitat Generalization Index: 3.3

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (5.3% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland