Blacktail Grubfish, Parapercis queenslandica Imamura & Yoshino 2007

Other Names: Blacktail Grubfish, Black-tail Grubfish, Spotted Weever

A Blacktail Grubfish, Parapercis queenslandica, in Comets Hole, Lord Howe Island Lagoon, Tasman Sea. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

A sandperch with a large black blotch on the caudal fin, 2-6 oblique brownish bands or dark spots on the lower cheek, whitish rectangular areas enclosing dark spots along the sides, and a series of blackish to brownish spots and ocelli on lower sides.

In Australia, the Blacktail Grubfish has been misidentified as Parapercis hexophtalma, which occurs in the Indian Ocean.

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Blacktail Grubfish, Parapercis queenslandica Imamura & Yoshino 2007

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Recorded in Australia from Murray Island to One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef, and Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, QLD; also at Lord Howe Island, and Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical, south-west Pacific (New Caledonia). Inhabits sandy areas on outer reef slopes and in reef lagoons. Blacktail Grubfish are commonly seen on sand or rubble at depths of 2-29 m.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin V, 21; Anal fin IV, 16-17; Pectoral fin 18 (usually).

Species Citation

Parapercis queenslandica Imamura & Yoshino, 2007, Bull. Natl Mus. Nat. Sci.(Ser. A) Suppl. 1: 92, Figs. 3C, 8B, 9. Type locality: One Tree Island, Capricorn Group, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Blacktail Grubfish, Parapercis queenslandica Imamura & Yoshino 2007


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 (p. 166, as Parapercis hexophtalma).

Imamura, H. & T. Yoshino. 2007. Three new species of the genus Parapercis from the Western Pacific, with redescription of Parapercis hexophtalma (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae). Bulletin of the National Museum Natural Sciences Ser A (1): 81-100.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. (p. 320, as Parapercis hexophtalma)

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. (p. 3507, as Parapercis hexophtalma, in part)

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.  (p. 464, as Parapercis hexophtalma)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. (p. 360, as Parapercis hexophtalma, in part).

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. (p. 360, as Parapercis hexophtalma, in part).

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37390011

Depth:1-29 m

Max Size:21 cm SL

Max Size:Reef associated

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