Dotlined Grubfish, Parapercis lineopunctata Randall 2003

Other Names: Nosestripe Sandperch

A Dotlined Grubfish, Parapercis lineopunctata, at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

A small pale greenish to yellowish grubfish with a white underside, 5 broad dark double bars along back, 9 bars along the lower sides each with a short blackish dash on top, a black line from upper lip to eye, 2 rows of black dots along back to about midbody, black dots on head often continuing as irregular rows on front of body, and the first dorsal fin with a large dusky to dark brown spot at base and often a submarginal dark brown to reddish band.

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Dianne J. Bray, Parapercis lineopunctata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 13 Jul 2024,

Dotlined Grubfish, Parapercis lineopunctata Randall 2003

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Known from the Great Barrier Reef, Lord Howe Island, the Chesterfield Bank, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines and the Solomon Islands. Inhabits sheltered sandy or rubble areas near reefs.


Dorsal fin V, 20-21; Anal fin I, 16-18; Pectoral fin 14-16; lateral line scales 45-51; Predorsal scales: about 4; Cheek scales: 5-6 horizontal rows (ctenoid); Gill rakers 3-4 + 8-10. 

Front of lower jaw with 8 canine teeth; with palatine teeth; upper edge of subopercle with a prominent sharp spine; middle dorsal spine longest; membrane from last dorsal spine joined to base of first soft ray.


Pale greenish to pale yellow dorsally, white below, with a series of 5 broad double dark bars on back, smaller posteriorly; lower part of body with a series of 9 bars, the top of each with a short blackish dash; a black line runs from the front of upper lip to eye, sometimes with 1-3 iridescent pale blue lines on snout and cheek below eye; 2 rows of black dots from behind eye along back to about middle of body, 1 row just above and the other just below lateral line; rear of cheek and lower opercle with black dots, often continuing in irregular rows anteriorly on body; first dorsal fin with a large dusky to dark brown spot at base, and often a submarginal dark brown or red line (or combined dark brown and red) (Randall 2003).


This species name lineopunctata is from the Latin linea (line) and punctatum (dot), in reference to the prevalence of dotted lines on the body.

Species Citation

Parapercis lineopunctata Randall, 2003, Occ. Pap. B. P. Bishop Mus. 72: 12, figs 6-7. Type locality: Bolino, Luzon Island, Philippines. 


Dianne J. Bray

Dotlined Grubfish, Parapercis lineopunctata Randall 2003


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

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical reef-fishes of the western Pacific Indonesia and adjacent waters. Gramedia Pustaka Utama, Jakarta. 314 pp. (as Parapercis sp 1)

Randall, J.E. 2003. Review of the sandperches of the Parapercis cylindrica complex (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae), with description of two new species from the western Pacific. Occasional Papers of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum 72: 1-19. 

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37390026

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Depth:3-28 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy & rubble areas

Max Size:8 cm SL

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