Blackbanded Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes annulatus (Günther 1859)

Other Names: Blackbanded Sea Perch, Black-banded Seaperch, Red-banded Sea Perch, Red-banded Sea-perch, Yellow-banded Seaperch, Yellow-banded Sea-perch

A Blackbanded Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes annulatus, at Currarong North Bommie, Currarong, New South Wales. Source: Richard Ling / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A pale yellowish seaperch with a distinctive pattern of 6 black bands along the side, diagonal black bands on the head, and pinkish fins. The Blackbanded Seaperch often shelters upside-down within caves and beneath ledges, and is rarely seen by divers.

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Blackbanded Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes annulatus (Günther 1859)

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Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, to Wilsons Promontory, Victoria. Inhabits rocky reefs in depths to 100 m, often shelterin gupside-down in caves and beneath ledges.

Species Citation

Plectropoma annulatum Günther, 1859, Cat. Fishes Brit. Mus. 1: 158. Type locality: Port Jackson, NSW.


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Blackbanded Seaperch, Hypoplectrodes annulatus (Günther 1859)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311091


Depth:0-100 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL


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