The Splendid Perch is bright red or orange with red or yellow fins. Juveniles are pink. The species occurs in temperate marine waters of Australia and New Zealand.
The Splendid Perch has a moderately elongate, compressed body. It has a small oblique mouth. The dorsal fin increases in height posteriorly The anal fin is long-based.
The species is bright red or orange with red or yellow fins. Juveniles are pink.
It was described in 1899 by Australian Museum fish Curator James Ogilby.
The species is found at depths from 20 m to 200 m. Juveniles sometimes occur at depths of 10 m to 20 m in inshore waters.
The Splendid Perch occurs in temperate marine waters of Australia and New Zealand. In Australia it is known from the central coast of New South Wales, around the south of the country to southern Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Ozcam map of Splendid Perch specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=callanthias%20australis&zoom=off#mapView
Other behaviours and adaptations
The Splendid Perch is a schooling species.
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