Ho’s Sandperch, Parapercis hoi Johnson & Motomura 2017

Holotype of Ho's Sandperch, Parapercis hoi, from west of Broome, Western Australia, NMV A.29690–001, 60.6 mm SL, depth 97–109 m. Source: Martin F. Gomon, Museums Victoria & the Kagoshima University Museum. License: All rights reserved

A pale brownish-orange sandperch with a series of seven irregular double dusky blotches along the sides, a broad reddish bar below the eye, the anterior third of the anal fin yellow, the rear two-thirds red, and a pair of dusky blotches on the caudal-fin base. Ho's Sandperch also has a pale red upper lip, a diffuse elongate dusky blotch on the lower part of the gill cover, dusky spots on top of the head behind the eye, and about 10 small black blotches along the soft dorsal-fin base.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Parapercis hoi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 26 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/5377

Ho’s Sandperch, Parapercis hoi Johnson & Motomura 2017

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West of Broome, Western Australia, 17°46.06’S 120°43.09’E to 17°45.57’S 120°42.56’E, in 97–109 m. Elsewhere the species is known from the Philippines.


Dorsal fin V, 21; Anal fin I, 17; Pectoral fin 15–17 (usually 16); lLteral-line scales 49–50; Gill rakers 3–4 + 8–10 = 11–14; predorsal scales 7–8.
Scales on cheek cycloid; 6 canine teeth in outer row at front of lower jaw; vomer with single row of robust conical teeth; palatines edentate; margin of preopercle and angle of subopercle serrated; 10 abdominal and 20 caudal vertebrae; pelvic fins reaching base of first anal-fin ray.


A series of seven irregular dusky double blotches along sides, upper lip pale red, broad reddish bar below eye, lower portion of opercle with diffuse dusky blotch, occipital and postorbital regions with about eight dusky spots, none within interorbital region, soft dorsal-fin with series of about 10 small black blotches along base, each spot extending onto adjacent body, remainder of soft dorsal-fin with two rows of dark spots, anal fin pale yellow on anterior third and red on posterior two-thirds of fin, and caudal-fin base with pair of dusky blotches.

Similar Species

The Double-row Grubfish, Parapercis biordinis, differs from Ho's Sandperch, in having five (vs. 6-7 in P. hoi) pairs of more well-defined lateral blotches; two pairs of dusky blotches on the caudal fin (one pair on the base and another on the medial portion of the fin, vs. one pair on the base only in P. hoi), a dark ‘eyebrow’ spot on the upper eye (spot absent in P. hoi), and 7-8 large dusky spots near the base of the soft dorsal-fin (vs. about 10 spots that also extend onto the adjacent upper body in P. hoi).


The species is named in honour of Dr Hsuan-Ching Ho, in recognition of his contributions to the taxonomy of Parapercis.

Species Citation

Parapercis hoi Johnson & Motomura 2017, Zootaxa 4320(1): 140, Figs 6A-C. Type locality: West of Broome, Western Australia, 17°46.06’S 120°43.09’E to 17°45.57’S 120°42.56’E, 97–109 m.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Ho’s Sandperch, Parapercis hoi Johnson & Motomura 2017


Johnson, J.W. & Motomura, H. 2017. Five New Species of Parapercis (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae) from southeast Asia and northwest Australia. Zootaxa 4320(1):121–145, DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4320.1.7

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Depth:73-109 m

Habitat:Sand & rubble areas

Max Size:6 cm SL

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