Half-banded Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes maccullochi Click to enlarge image
A Half-banded Seaperch at a depth of 21 m, Inner Rock, Broughton Island, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, June 2001. Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    maccullochi
    Genus
    Hypoplectrodes
    Family
    Serranidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 20 cm in length.

Introduction

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.



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.

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.

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.



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.