Parapercis pacifica Imamura & Yoshino 2007

Other Names: Blacktail Grubfish, Speckled Sandperch

A female Speckled Sandperch, Parapercis pacifica, at Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, May 2018. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A pale grubfish with black speckles scattered over the head and body, a large black blotch on the tail, a semicircular or M-shaped brown band and many dark spots on the cheek area. Males have 3-4 ocelli and several blackish and brownish spots on the lower sides; females and juveniles have a series of 6-7 ocelli on the lower sides separated by brownish spots or patches. 
In Australia, this species was previously misidentified as Parapercis hexophtalma, which occurs in the Indian Ocean

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2019, Parapercis pacifica in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 May 2024,

Parapercis pacifica Imamura & Yoshino 2007

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Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and offshore reefs of north Western Australia (e.g. Scott reef). Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific.

Species Citation

Parapercis pacifica Imamura & Yoshino 2007, Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science A Suppl. 1: 88, figs 3B, 6-7, 8A. Type locality: Ryukyu Islands, Japan [28°11.2'N, 129°16'E], depth 5 m.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Parapercis pacifica Imamura & Yoshino 2007


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. (as Parapercis hexophtalma, in part)

Imamura, H. & Yoshino, T. 2007. Three new species of the genus Parapercis from the western Pacific, with redescription of Parapercis hexophthalma (Perciformes: Pinquipedidae). Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science A Suppl. 1: 81-100 

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. (as Parapercis hexophthalma)

Randall, J.E. 2001. Pinguipedidae. pp. 3501-3510 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. (as Parapercis hexophtalma, in part)

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CAAB Code:37390036


Depth:0-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:19 cm SL

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