Animal Species:Halfbanded Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes maccullochi (Whitley, 1929)

The Halfbanded Seaperch can be recognised by its banded pattern, large eyes close to the dorsal profile of the head and large oblique mouth. The species lives in coastal and estuarine rocky reefs.

Standard Common Name

Halfbanded Seaperch

Alternative Name/s

McCulloch's Sea Perch

Identification

The Halfbanded Seaperch can be recognised by its banded pattern, large eyes close to the dorsal profile of the head and large oblique mouth. Its colour varies from pale pink to red-brown. It has a bright white blotch on the operculum and up to seven dark bands on the side of the body. These bands are more prominent dorsally and disappear further down the sides.

Size range

The species grows to 20 cm in length.

Distribution

The Halfbanded Seaperch occurs on Australia's east coast, from northern New South Wales to eastern Tasmania.

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

Hypoplectrodes maccullochi

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Halfbanded Seaperch specimens in the Australian Museums.

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Habitat

The species lives in coastal and estuarine rocky reefs at depths from 5 m to 50 m. It is common in the Sydney region where it is often seen perched on ledges and sponges.

Classification

Species:
maccullochi
Genus:
Hypoplectrodes
Family:
Serranidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Edgar, G.J. 1997. Australian Marine Life; the plants and animals of temperate waters. Reed Books. Pp. 544
  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.
  3. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  5. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  6. Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen & J.E. Hanley. 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia Vol.7 Pisces Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra: Australian Biological Resources Survey. Pp. i-xii, 1-665.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Halfbanded Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes maccullochi, Serranidae, McCulloch's Sea Perch, stripes or bands, large eyes, rocky reef, pink, red, red-brown, blotches/mottled, 10 cm - 30 cm, coastal rocky reef, estuarine rocky reef,