Incised Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes incisipinnis Ogilby 1910

Incised Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes incisipinnis. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A gurnard perch with a large distinct dark blotch on the rear of the dorsal fin. The name Incised Gurnard Perch refers to the bilobed margin of the pectoral fin.

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Incised Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes incisipinnis Ogilby 1910

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Endemic to eastern Australia, from east of Swains Reef, Queensland, to off Tathra, New South Wales, usually in depths above 200 m. 


Dorsal fin VIII, 8; anal fin III, 8; pectoral fin 19-22; Gill rakers (well-developed) 1 + 7-8 = 8-9, rudimentary gill rakers 3-5 + 2-7; Pored lateral-line scales 30-33; longitudinal scale series 46-54; scale rows between base of last dorsal spine and lateral line 5-7.   
Underside of mandible smooth, lacking ridges, with 3 distinct pores on each side; lower opercular spine without median spines. 
Third dorsal-fin spine longest (fourth spine length sometimes equal to third); distal margin of pectoral fin bilobed.

Species Citation

Neosebastes incisipinnis Ogilby 1910, Endeavour Series No. 1 23: 104. Type locality (lectotype): 3.5 miles southeast of lighthouse, 25°58'S, 153°12'E, off Double Island Point, Queensland, Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Incised Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes incisipinnis Ogilby 1910


Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

Motomura, H. 2004. Revision of the scorpionfish genus Neosebastes (Scorpaeniformes: Neosebastidae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 37: 1-76 

Ogilby, J.D. 1910. On some new fishes from the Queensland coast. Endeavour Series No. 1 23: 85-139

Poss, S.G. 1999. Families Scorpaenidae, Caracanthidae, Aploactinidae. pp. 2291-2358 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. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

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CAAB Code:37287019

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:36–494 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:22 cm SL

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