Spotted Perchlet, Plectranthias mcgroutheri Gill, Pogonoski, Moore & Johnson 2021

A Spotted Perchlet, Plectranthias wheeleri, NMV A 29687-009, 63.4 mm SL, from 190 km west of Broome, Western Australia, May 2007. Source: Martin F. Gomon / Museums Victoria. License: CC BY Attribution

A pinkish to reddish perchlet with large irregular orange-red blotches suffused with yellow. In Australia, this species was previously known as Plectranthias wheeleri.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Plectranthias mcgroutheri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 May 2023,

Spotted Perchlet, Plectranthias mcgroutheri Gill, Pogonoski, Moore & Johnson 2021

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Endemic to Western Australia, from west of Exmouth Gulf to west of Broome at depths to 200 m. Inhabits mesophotic reefs on the continental reef.


Coloration based on specimen that had been frozen for 5 years: head and body tan to pale pink; snout, nape and dorsal part of head red to orange-red; posterior part of preopercle and adjacent part of operculum mauve to dusky purple; area behind and narrowly below eye mauve to dusky purple; pectoral base and ventral contour of breast pale pink to dusky purple; lower part of abdomen pale tan or pale pink to white; small dusky purple spot over anus; red to orange-red roughly wedge-shaped blotch extending from beneath anterior half of dorsal base to mid-side; second roughly wedge-shaped, broad red to orange blotch extending from between bases of about seventh dorsal spine and seventh segmented dorsal ray to anterior third of anal-fin base; caudal peduncle and posterior part of body behind red wedge pale pink to reddish tan; a column of three to five small, equally spaced bright yellow to red spots on posterior part of caudal peduncle, just anterior to caudal base, with an additional small yellow to red spot about midway along caudal peduncle, just above ventral border, and several additional yellow to red spots over posterior few lateral-line scales; 59.2 mm SL paratype with additional bright yellow spots scattered over head and body; pectoral fins bright yellow, with orange-red spot over upper half of basal part of fin; remaining fins bright yellow, reddish orange distally.

Species Citation

Plectranthias mcgroutheri Gill, Pogonoski,  Moore & Johnson 2021, Zootaxa 4918(1): 81, Fig. 34. Type locality: North West Shelf, 190 km northwest of Port Hedland, Australia, 19°01'S, 117°12'E, depth 200-202 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Spotted Perchlet, Plectranthias mcgroutheri Gill, Pogonoski, Moore & Johnson 2021


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

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. (as Plectranthias wheeleri)

Gill, A.C., Pogonoski, J.J., Moore, G.I. & Johnson, J.W. 2021. Review of Australian species of Plectranthias Bleeker and Selenanthias Tanaka (Teleostei: Serranidae: Anthiadinae), with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 4918(1): 1-116.

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Checklist of the fishes of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 63: 9-50 (as Plectranthias wheeleri)

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CAAB Code:37311110

Depth:165-200 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7.6 cm SL


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