Animal Species:Bigeye Gurnard Perch, Maxillicosta lopholepis (Eschmeyer and Poss, 1976)

The Bigeye Gurnard Perch is a very rare species that is only known from six specimens collected from off Shark Bay, Western Australia. The scales behind the head and above the lateral line have a strong spine on the posterior margin and no serrae on a median ridge. The Bigeye Gurnard Perch is the only species of Maxillicosta that has this scale structure. Nothing is known of its live colouration or habitat requirements.

The holotype of Bigeye Gurnard Perch

Karen Edwards © Western Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Bigeye Gurnard Perch

Identification

The scales behind the head and above the lateral line of the Bigeye Gurnard Perch have a strong spine on the posterior margin and no serrae on a median ridge. The Bigeye Gurnard Perch is the only species of Maxillicosta that has this scale structure.

Nothing is known of its live colouration.

Size range

The species grows to 5 cm in length.

Distribution

The Bigeye Gurnard Perch is a very rare species that is only known from six specimens collected from off Shark Bay, Western Australia.

 

 

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

Maxillicosta lopholepis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Bigeye Gurnard Perch in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species has been collected from depths between 40 m and 120 m.

Classification

Species:
lopholepis
Genus:
Maxillicosta
Family:
Neosebastidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  • Eschmeyer, W.N. and S.G. Poss. 1976. Review of the scorpionfish genus Maxillicosta (Pisces: Scorpaenidae), with a description of three new species from the Australian-New Zealand region. Bulletin of Marine Science. 26(4): 433-449.


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Tags fish, ichthyology, Bigeye Gurnard Perch, Maxillicosta lopholepis, 'normal fish', < 10 cm, marine, adult,