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.
Standard Common Name
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.
The species grows to 25 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
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.
- 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 , Senior Fellow