Animal Species:Barred Grubfish, Parapercis allporti (Günther, 1876)

The Barred Grubfish is endemic to Australia and is usually found on sandy and rubbly sea beds, occurring in temperate marine waters.

Barred Grubfish caught off Botany Bay

Robert Dobie © Robert Dobie

Standard Common Name

Barred Grubfish

Alternative Name/s

Allport's Grubfish, Barred Weever

Identification

The Barred Grubfish is an elongate slightly compressed fish with a large mouth and a long based dorsal fin. The body is reddish above, whitish below and has seven to nine blackish bands dorsally that fade on the side of the body. Alternate bands are sometimes narrower. The fins are yellow with orange lines.

Size range

The species grows to 33 cm in length.

Distribution

This species is endemic to Australia, occurring in temperate marine waters from southern Queensland to Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Parapercis allporti

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Barred Grubfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It is usually found on sandy and rubbly sea beds at depths from 45 m to 200 m.

Classification

Species:
allporti
Genus:
Parapercis
Family:
Pinguipedidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Barred Grubfish, Parapercis allporti, Pinguipedidae, brown, yellow, white, black, 'normal fish', 30 cm - 1 m, stripes or bands, countershaded, soft substrate, marine, adult,