Rosy Perch, Callanthias allporti Günther 1876

Other Names: Allport’s Groppo, Allport's Perch, Southern Goldie, Southern Splendid Perch, Splendid Perch, Splendid Sea Perch

A Rosy Perch, Callanthias allporti, in Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand. Source: Ian Skipworth / License: All rights reserved

A pink splendid perch with a yellow chin, throat, and pectoral-fin base, iridescent blue eyes, and yellowish upper and lower caudal-fin lobes which may be filamentous in adults. Some individuals are almost all reddish or reddish-orange.

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Rosy Perch, Callanthias allporti Günther 1876

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Seal Rocks, New South Wales, to Tasmania and eastern Victoria, including ; also at Norfolk Island, Tasman Sea, and in New Zealand.
Inhabits deep reefs, sheltering in caves or crevices at night, or when threatened.


Dorsal fin XI, 10; Anal fin III, 10 (rarely III, 9);  Pectoral fin 20-23 (usually 20–22);  Pseudobranch with 20-30 filaments; Gill rakers 7-10 + 22-27 = 30-36; Tubed lateral-line scales 36-47 (usually 37-42); Circum-caudal-peduncular scales 21-25; Scales between anal-fin origin and lateral line 15-20 (usually 17-18).
Caudal fin emarginate to lunate, often with long filamentous lobes in adults. Epineurals associated with first 10 to 14 vertebrae. Epurals 3 (very rarely 2). Vomer almost always with few to several robust conical to caniniform teeth. Lateral aspect of snout (usually) and lachrymal with scales. Gular region rarely with a few scales anteriorly. Membranes of dorsal, anal, pectoral, and pelvic fins without scales, but scales sometimes present at bases of fins; caudal fin well covered with scales for considerable distance out onto fin (in some specimens almost entire fin covered with scales). (Johnson & Anderson 2015)


Feeds on zooplankton above the bottom, forming small aggregations, often with the Butterfly Perch, Caesioperca lepidoptera, on shallower reefs.


This species has been previously confused with Callanthias australis   and we follow Roberts & Gomon (2008) in restricting this species to eastern Australia, with southern records misidentifications. The two species are sympatric in eastern Australia.

Similar Species

The similar Callanthias australis is sexually dimorphic in colour with a distinctive male phase. It lacks yellow on the chin and throat, and has a red pectoral-fin base.


The species is named allporti for Martin Allport, a Tasmanian lawyer, who made extensive collections of fishes and sent specimens to Albert Günther at the British Museum.

Species Citation

Callanthias allporti Günther, A. 1876, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 4 17(43): 390.Type locality: Tasmania


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Rosy Perch, Callanthias allporti Günther 1876


Anderson, Jr, W.D., Johnson, G.D. & Baldwin, C.C. 2015. Review of the Splendid Perches, Callanthias (Percoidei: Callanthiidae). Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 105(3): 126 pp.

Günther, A. 1876. Remarks on fishes, with descriptions of new species in the British Museum, chiefly from southern seas. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 4 17(43): 389-402.

Kuiter, R.H. 2004. Basslets, Hamlets and their relatives. A comprehensive guide to selected Serranidae and Plesiopidae. Chorleywood, UK : TMC Publishing 1, 216 pp.

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs.

Roberts, C.D. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Families Polyprionidae, Serranidae and Callanthiidae. pp. 534-549 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

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CAAB Code:37311004

Depth:18-200 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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