Yellowlip Grubfish, Parapercis flavolabiata Johnson 2006

A male Yellowlip Grubfish, Parapercis flavolabiata, from Mystery Cay, Queensland. Source: Jeff Johnson / Queensland Museum. License: All rights reserved

A grubfish with 6 broad red saddles across the back, a purplish red to violet line from the anterior edge of each eye around the snout, a series of yellow-edged red spots on the rear part of the head and nape, and a row of dark-red spots along the soft dorsal fin.

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Yellowlip Grubfish, Parapercis flavolabiata Johnson 2006

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North-east of Cairns to off Lady Musgrave Island, Queensland. 


Dorsal fin V, 21; Anal fin 1, 17-18; Pectoral fin 16-18 (often 17); Lateral-line scales 51-55; Gill rakers 3-5 + 10-11; Predorsal scales 8-9; Vertebrae 9-10 + 20 = 29-30.
Cheek scales cycloid, in about 11 horizontal rows; usually 8 canine teeth in outer row at front of lower jaw; vomer with a crescentic row of 6-10 robust conical teeth; palatines edentate; angle of subopercle produced, with about 7 small spinules.


The specific name flavolabiata is from the Latin words 'flavo' (yellow) and 'labiata' (lipped), in reference to the distinctive yellow posterior half of the upper lip.

Species Citation

Parapercis flavolabiata Johnson, 2006, Mem. Mus. Vict. 63(1): 48, figs 1-2, 5. Type locality: east of Mystery Cay, QLD [21°22.5'S, 152°07.5'E], depth 55 m.


Dianne J. Bray

Yellowlip Grubfish, Parapercis flavolabiata Johnson 2006


Johnson, J.W. 2006. Two new species of Parapercis (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae) from north-eastern Australia, and rediscovery of Parapercis colemani Randall & Francis, 1993. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 63(1): 47-56.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37390034

Depth:45-79 m

Habitat:Bottom dweller

Max Size:9 cm SL


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