Spotty Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes wilsoni (Allen & Moyer 1980)

Spotty Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes wilsoni. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A pinkish-brown to brownish-orange seaperch with six indistinct brown bands along the side, indistinct diagonal brown bands on the head behind and in front of the eyes, and faint spotting in some individuals.

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Spotty Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes wilsoni (Allen & Moyer 1980)

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Endemic to south-western Australia, from Lucky Bay to Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Inhabits inshore rocky reefs, usually sheltering in caves and under ledges.


Dorsal fin X-XI, 17-18; Anal fin III, 8; Caudal fin 17; Pectoral fin 15–16; Pelvic fin I, 5; Lateral line scales 44–48. 
Body depth 36–44% SL; head length 42–46% SL; eye diameter 22–26% HL; preopercle with 2–3 large forward directed spines below.

Species Citation

Ellerkeldia wilsoni Allen & Moyer 1980, Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 26(4): 329, figs 1-2. Type locality: Geographe Bay, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Spotty Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes wilsoni (Allen & Moyer 1980)


Allen, G.R. & Moyer, J.T. 1980. Ellerkeldia wilsoni, a new species of serranid fish from southwestern Australia. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 26(4): 329-333 figs 1-2 

Anderson, W.D. Jr & Heemstra, P.C. 1989. Ellerkeldia, a junior synonym of Hypoplectrodes, with redescriptions of the type species of the genera (Pisces: Serranidae: Anthiinae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 102(4): 1001-1017 

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Biodiversity of shallow reef fish assemblages in Western Australia using a rapid censusing technique. Records of the Western Australian Museum 20: 247-270 

Hutchins, J.B. & Thompson, M. 1983. The Marine and Estuarine Fishes of South-western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 103 pp. 345 figs. 

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. 

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

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:37311099


Depth:5-22 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:20 cm TL


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