Banded Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes nigroruber Click to enlarge image
A Banded Seaperch at a depth of 10 m, Fly Point, New South Wales, 7 August 2012. Image: Matt Dowse
© Matt Dowse

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    nigroruber
    Genus
    Hypoplectrodes
    Family
    Serranidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 30 cm in length.

Introduction

The Banded Seaperch has a variable base colour, living on coastal rocky reefs and is endemic to Australian waters.

Identification

The Banded Seaperch has four dark bands crossing the body and large, bulging eyes on top of the head. The base colour is variable from whitish to yellow, green or red.


Banded Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes nigroruber
A Banded Seaperch at a depth of 9 m, Gravel Loader, Bass Point, New South Wales, December 2000. Image: Paula Zylstra & Harry Rothenfluh
© Paula Zylstra & Harry Rothenfluh

Habitat

The Banded Seaperch is endemic to Australia. It occurs from northern New South Wales, around the temperate south of the country, including Tasmania, to south-western Western Australia.

Distribution

Banded Seaperch occur from the coasts of New South Wales to central Western Australia, including Tamania.

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



Seasonality

It lives on coastal rocky reefs to depths of 30 m.

References

  1. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  3. 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.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.