juvenile Pinkbanded Grubfish Click to enlarge image
A 3-4 cm long juvenile Pinkbanded Grubfish, Parapercis nebulosa, at a depth of 10 m, Fly Point, Nelson Bay, New South Wales. Image: Dave Harasti
© Dave Harasti

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    nebulosa
    Genus
    Parapercis
    Family
    Pinguipedidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 25 cm in length.

Introduction

The Pinkbanded Grubfish is usually pale pink with brown to red blotches and bands. It is endemic to Australia.

Identification

The Pinkbanded Grubfish has an elongate body with a long-based second dorsal fin. It has a pointed snout and eyes positioned high on the head. The species is usually pale pink with brown to red blotches and bands. Adults have light blue lines between the eyes and crossing the snout.

Distribution

The species is endemic to Australia. It is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and down the east coast to at least Sydney, New South Wales.

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.



References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. Gloerfelt-Tarp, T & P.J. Kailola. 1984. Trawled Fishes of southern Indonesia and north-western Australia. Jakarta: Directorate General of Fisheries (Indonesia), German Agency for Technical Cooperation, Australian Development Assistance Bureau. Pp. 406.
  4. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  5. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  6. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  7. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.