Banded Sweep, Scorpis georgiana Valenciennes 1832

Other Names: Deepsea Sweep

A Banded Sweep, Scorpis georgiana, at the wreck of the HMAS Swan, Geographe Bay, Western Australia, April 2006. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC BY Attribution-NonCommercial

A greyish to greyish-brown sweep with two broad dark bands on the body, the second band extending onto the high part of the dorsal and anal fins, a broad dark margin on the gill cover, and a dark caudal fin with white upper and lower margins.
Video of Banded Sweep at Haycock Point, South Australia.

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Bray, D.J. 2024, Scorpis georgiana in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 Jul 2024,

Banded Sweep, Scorpis georgiana Valenciennes 1832

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Kangaroo Island, South Australia, to Kalbarri, Western Australia.
Inhabits coastal reefs, often sheltering in caves and under ledges.


Dorsal fin X,23-24; Anal fin III,25-26; Pectoral fin 17-18; Pelvic fin I,5; Caudal fin 17; Lateral-line scales approx. 90. 
Body very deep (approx 60% SL), strongly compressed; caudal peduncle shallow. Head of moderate size (approx. 30-34% SL), dorsal profile broadly rounded;  snout short; eyes moderately large (approx. 34% HL); mouth moderately large, oblique; jaw teeth small, strong, in broad bands, outer row enlarged and recurved; preopercular margins serrate; edges of opercles and preorbital bones smooth. 
Scales tiny, ctenoid, covering body, most of head, and soft part of dorsal and anal fin; lateral line gently curved.
Dorsal fin continuous, anterior spines short, only posterior-most spines noticeably longer, first few soft rays distinctly longer than preceding spines, following rays much shorter making outer edge of fin deeply concave; base of soft portion of dorsal fin much longer than that of spinous portion; anal fin similar to and opposite soft part of dorsal fin, spines short; caudal fin large, forked. Pectoral fin small; uppermost rays longest. Pelvic fins very small, inserted below and behind pectoral-fin base.  


Although the species is taken on hook and line, it is not highly esteemed as a table fish.


The species is named for the type locality: Port King George, Western Australia.

Species Citation

Scorpis georgianus Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1832, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 8: 503, pl. 245. Type locality: Port King George, Western Australia (Albany Port, King George Sound).


Bray, D.J. 2024


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Banded Sweep, Scorpis georgiana Valenciennes 1832


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37361015

Depth:2-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:33 cm TL


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