Reticulated Sandperch, Parapercis tetracantha (Lacepède 1801)

A Reticulated Sandperch, Parapercis tetracantha, at Puerto Galera, Philippines. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

A sandperch with 3 series of large pale reticulated spots or blotches along the sides, a dark greyish-brown reticulated pattern between the spots, and a pale spot with a black ring above the gill opening.
Recorded from the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

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Dianne J. Bray, Parapercis tetracantha in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 May 2024,

Reticulated Sandperch, Parapercis tetracantha (Lacepède 1801)

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Recorded from the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. The species occurs elsewhere  in the Indo-West Pacific from the Bay of Bengal to Japan and Indonesia. Either solitary or in small groups on deep reef slopes.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin V, 20-21; Anal fin I, 16-17. 

Species Citation

Labrus tetracanthus Lacepède 1801, Histoire naturelle des poissons (Lacepéde) 3:  428, 473. Type locality: no locality.


Dianne J. Bray

Reticulated Sandperch, Parapercis tetracantha (Lacepède 1801)


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CAAB Code:37390038

Depth:12-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:26 cm TL

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