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 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, January 2016.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Scorpis georgiana in Fishes of Australia, accessed 09 Dec 2023,

Banded Sweep, Scorpis georgiana Valenciennes 1832

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Kangaroo Island, South Australia, to Kalbarri, Western Australia.

Species Citation

Scorpis georgianus Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1832, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 8: 503, pl. 245. Type locality: King George Sound, WA.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Banded Sweep, Scorpis georgiana Valenciennes 1832


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Kuiter, R.H. 1994. Family Scorpididae. pp. 618-624, figs 544-624 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

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CAAB Code:37361015

Depth:2-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:33 cm TL


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