Doublespot Grubfish, Parapercis diplospilus Gomon 1981


Doublespot Grubfish, Parapercis diplospilus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

Summary:
Upper body with 8 dark V-shaped bars becoming darker at the lower part of each bar, a row of large dark brown spots along the lower side, scales along back with dark brown edges and pale centres, and two prominent oval black oval spots on the caudal-fin base, the upper spot sometimes ocellated. 

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Parapercis diplospilus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2584

Doublespot Grubfish, Parapercis diplospilus Gomon 1981

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Distribution

Off Exmouth, Western Australia, to off Moreton Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.

Features

Dorsal fin V-VI, 20-24; Anal fin I, 16-20; Pectoral fin i,13-i,15. 
Posterior margin of preopercle and opercle strongly serrate. Cheek scales ctenoid. Body elongate, its depth 5.7 to 6.9 SL. Palatine teeth absent; usually 7 or 8 teeth in outer row of lower jaw. Scales below lateral line 9-11; scale rows around caudal peduncle 22-23.

Colour

Upper body with 8 dark V-shaped bars becoming darker at the lower part of each bar, a row of large dark brown spots along the lower side, scales along back with dark brown edges and pale centres, caudal-fin base with two prominent black oval spots, the upper one appearing ocellated in most specimens, the lower of equal size or slightly longer, but not ocellated. 

Etymology

The specific name diplospilus is from the  Greek diplo (double), and spilos (spot), in reference to the two prominent caudal-fin spots. 

Species Citation

Parapercis diplospilus Gomon 1981, Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 93(4): 990, fig. 1. Type locality: Visayan Sea, Philippine Islands between northern Negros and Masbate islands, southeast of Sicogon Island, depth 38.4 m [11°22'00"N, 123°19'48"E]. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Doublespot Grubfish, Parapercis diplospilus Gomon 1981

References


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. 

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

Gomon, J.R. 1981. Parapercis diplospilus (Pisces : Mugiloididae), a new species from the Philippine Islands. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 93(4): 989-996 figs 1-3 Ref at BHL

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762 

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) 

Johnson, J.W. & Motomura, H. 2017. Five new species Parapercis (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae) from southeast Asia and northwest Australia. Zootaxa 4320(1): 121-145. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4320.1.7 Abstract

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293.

Matsunuma, M., Mazlan, A.G., Arshad, A., Seah, Y.G., Tafzilmeriam, S.S.A.K., Ramasamy, A.A., Babaran, R.P., Fukui, Y. & Motomura, H. 2016. Distribution range extensions of Parapercis bicoloripes and P. diplospilus (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae) in the South China Sea and the adjacent waters, with notes on ontogenetic changes in P. bicoloripes. Species Diversity 21: 187-196. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12782/sd.21.2.187 Open access

Prokofiev, A.M. 2008. Sandperches (Mugiloididae: Parapercis) of Nha Trang Bay, South China Sea, Vietnam. Journal of Ichthyology 48(10): 876-890.

Randall, J.E. 2001. Pinguipedidae. pp. 3501-3510 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37390014

Depth:6-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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