Animal Species:Blacktail Grubfish, Parapercis queenslandica Imamura & Yoshino, 2007

The Blacktail Grubfish has a large black blotch on the caudal fin.  The species occurs in tropical marine waters of Queensland and New Caledonia.

Female Blacktail Grubfish at Mantis Reef

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Blacktail Grubfish

Alternative Name/s

Spotted Weever

Identification

The Blacktail Grubfish can be recognised by the large black blotch on the caudal fin. The body has black spots above and a series of whitish rectangular areas on the sides of the body. There are small black spots in the centre of the white rectangles.

The species was described as new by Drs H. Imamura and T. Yoshino in 2007. It had previously been mistakenly identified as Parapercis hexophtalma, which occurs in the Indian Ocean.

Size range

The species grows to 25 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical marine waters of Queensland and New Caledonia.

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 queenslandica

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Blacktail Grubfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Habitat

Blacktail Grubfish are usually found in shallow water on outer reef slopes and in lagoons. They are commonly seen on sand or rubble at depths between 2 m and 29 m.

Classification

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

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References

  1. Imamura, H. & T. Yoshino. 2007. Three new species of the Genus Parapercis from the Western Pacific, with redescription of Parapercis hexophtalma (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae). Bulletin of the National Museum Natural Sciences. Ser A (1): 81-100.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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