Animal Species:Johnson's Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes johnsoni Motomura, 2004
Johnson's Gurnard Perch was named in honour of Jeff Johnson the Fish Collection Manager at the Queensland Museum. Johnson's Gurnard Perch has a relatively short snout and long dorsal fin spines.
Johnson's Gurnard Perch has a relatively short snout and long dorsal fin spines. The body is orange to reddish. There are distinct small black spots scattered on the sides of the body and on the dorsal and caudal fins. Johnson's Gurnard Perch is the only species of Neosebastes with these spots.
The species grows to 22 cm.
The species is endemic to Queensland
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The species is found on sandy substrates in offshore waters, at depths of 70 m - 270 m.
The species is relatively abundant. It is trawled from sandy substrates in offshore waters.
- 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