Animal Species:Blackspotted Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes nigropunctatus McCulloch, 1915

The Blackspotted Gurnard Perch is a common species that only occurs in Australian waters.

Blackspotted Gurnard Perch

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Standard Common Name

Blackspotted Gurnard Perch

Identification

The Blackspotted Gurnard Perch has a whitish or brown (rarely reddish) body with indistinct dark spots scattered on the posterior part of the head and the sides of the body. There are no black spots on the fin membranes.

Size range

35 cm

Similar Species

This species can be distinguished from all other Neosebastes by the following combination of characters: the distal margin of the pectoral fin is bilobed, the underside of the mandible has three distinct pores on each side and there is no black blotch on the soft-rayed portion of the dorsal fin.

Distribution

The species is endemic to Australia, occurring from South Australia to south-western Western Australia in depths from 60 m - 550 m.

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

Neosebastes nigropunctatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Blackspotted Gurnard Perch specimens in the Australian Museums.\

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Classification

Species:
nigropunctatus
Genus:
Neosebastes
Family:
Neosebastidae
Order:
Scorpaeniformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Motomura, H. 2004. Revision of the scorpionfish genus Neosebastes (Scorpaeniformes: Neosebastidae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes. 37: 1-76, pl. 1-2.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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