Barred Grubfish, Parapercis allporti (Günther 1876)

Other Names: Western Barred Grubfish, Allport's Grubfish, Barred Weever, Eastern Barred Grubfish

Barred Grubfish, Parapercis allporti. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A large reddish brown grubfish becoming whitish below, with 5-7 distinct blackish bands on the upper body, alternating with numerous narrower secondary bands, and a rounded to wedge-shaped black blotch on upper part of the caudal-fin base. The bands fade ventrally and some may be indistinct.

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Barred Grubfish, Parapercis allporti (Günther 1876)

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Endemic to the southern half of Australia from southern Queensland, to about Perth, Western Australia, including around Tasmania.
Inhabits sandy and rubble bottoms at depths of 35-360 m.


Dorsal fin V, 21; Anal fin 18; Caudal fin 15; Pectoral fin 19–21; Pelvic fin I, 5; Lateral line scales 56–60; Gill rakers 4–7 + 10–12.

Eye diameter 30–38% HL; mouth reaching below front half of eyes; vomer with semicircular patch of robust blunt conical teeth, palatines toothless; scales covering cheeks forward to below centre of eye and much of opercle, interorbital naked.

Dorsal fin continuous, spines of similar length; pectoral and pelvic fins of similar length.


To 33 cm TL. This is of the largest species of Parapercis found in Australia.


Reddish brown above, whitish below, with 7 blackish bands dorsally on body, alternating with many narrower secondary bands, bands fading midlaterally; irregular rounded to wedge-shaped black blotch on upper base of caudal fin; fins mostly yellow, anal and lower caudal fins with broad orange-red margins, caudal fin with narrow vertical wavy orange lines.


Taken as bycatch in commercial trawls on deeper parts of the continental shelf.

Species Citation

Percis allporti Günther, 1876, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 4, 17: 394. Type locality: Tasmania.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Barred Grubfish, Parapercis allporti (Günther 1876)


Cantwell, G.E. 1964. A revision of the genus Parapercis, family Mugiloididae. Pacific Science 18(3): 239-280

Günther, A. 1876. Remarks on fishes, with descriptions of new species in the British Museum, chiefly from southern seas. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 4 17(43): 389-402.

Ho, H.-C. & J.W. Johnson. 2013. Redescription of Parapercis macrophthalma (Pietschmann, 1911) and description of a new species of Parapercis (Pisces: Pinguipedidae) from Taiwan. Zootaxa 3620(2): 273-282.

Johnson, J.W. 2008. Pinguipedidae. pp. 670-673 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Johnson, J.W. & Randall, J.E. 2006. Simipercis trispinosa, a new genus and species of sandperch (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae) from eastern Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 63(1): 57-64.

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs.

May, J.L. & Maxwell, J.G.H. 1986. Field Guide to Trawl Fish from Temperate Waters of Australia. Hobart : CSIRO Division of Marine Research 492 pp.

Thomson, J.M. 1978. A Field Guide to the Common Sea & Estuary Fishes of Non-tropical Australia. Sydney : Collins 144 pp. 

Waite, E.R. 1899. Scientific results of the trawling expedition of H.M.C.S. Thetis off the coast of New South Wales. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 4: 1-132 figs 1-10 pls 1-31 (as Parapercis ocularis)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37390001

Behaviour:35-850 m

Behaviour:Bottom dweller

Max Size:33 cm TL


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