Parapercis colemani Randall & Francis 1993

Other Names: Coleman's Grubfish

Parapercis colemani, from the North Norfolk Ridge, Tasman Sea, 111-113 m. Source: NORFANZ Founding Parties. License: All rights reserved

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Parapercis colemani Randall & Francis 1993

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Known from around Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands and their associated ridges (Norfolk Ridge and Lord Howe Rise).


Named in honour of Neville Coleman of Springwood, New South Wales, who first discovered the species at Norfolk Island in December 1989. He also observed only a single individual, and the locality in Emily Bay was the same as that of the holotype. Coleman took a distant underwater photograph of the fish. His photograph shows a larger eye relative to the length of the fish than the holotype, suggesting that it was a subadult. We think it likely that we collected the same individual that Coleman photographed in late 1989 (Randall & Francis 1993).

Species Citation

Parapercis colemani Randall & Francis 1993, N. Z. J. Mar. Freshw. Res. 27(2): 210, figs 1-2. Type locality: Emily Bay, Norfolk Island, depth 1.5 m.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Parapercis colemani Randall & Francis 1993


Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2. (as Parapercis sp.)

Francis, M.P. & Randall, J.E. 1993. Further additions to the fish faunas of Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 118-135 figs 1-22 pls 1-4 (as Parapercis sp.)

Johnson, J.W. 2006. Two new species of Parapercis (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae) from north-eastern Australia, and recovery of Parapercis colemani Randall & Francis, 1993. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 63: 47–56 DOI: PDF available, open access

Randall, J.E. & Francis, M.E. 1993. Parapercis colemani, a new pinguipedid fish from Norfolk Island, south-western Pacific Ocean. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 27(2): 209-214.

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CAAB Code:37390035

Depth:1–113 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:11 cm SL

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