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, Neosebastes johnsoni

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Standard Common Name

Johnson's Gurnard Perch

Identification

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.

Size range

The species grows to 22 cm.

Distribution

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.

Neosebastes johnsoni

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Johnson's Gurnard Perch in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species is found on sandy substrates in offshore waters, at depths of 70 m - 270 m.

Economic/social impacts

The species is relatively abundant. It is trawled from sandy substrates in offshore waters.

Classification

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

What does this mean?

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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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Johnson's Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes johnsoni, Neosebastidae, orange, red, black, 'normal fish', 10 cm - 30 cm, spots, blotches, soft substrate, marine, adult,