Sidespotted Perchlet, Chelidoperca pleurospilus (Günther 1880)

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Sidespotted Perchlet, Chelidoperca pleurospilus (Günther 1880)

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Northwest of Bernier Island, Western Australia, to off Melville Island, Northern Territory, and southeast of Swains Reefs, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, at depths of 97-240 m. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-West Pacific: from the Red Sea and Madagascar, to the Philippines and southern Japan.

Species Citation

Centropristis pleurospilus Günther 1880, Report on the shore fishes procured during the voyage of H. M. S. Challenger in the years 1873-1876 1(6): 37, Pl. 16 (fig. D). Type locality: Kai Islands, Challenger station 192, Indonesia, Banda Sea, depth 129 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Sidespotted Perchlet, Chelidoperca pleurospilus (Günther 1880)


Günther, A. 1880. Report on the shore fishes procured during the voyage of H.M.S Challenger, in the years 1872–1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 1(6): 1-82 pls 1-32

Heemstra, P.C. & Randall, J.E. 1999. Family Serranidae. pp. 2442-2548 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.

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Lee, S.-H., Lee, M.-Y., Matsunuma, M. & Chen, W.-J. 2019. Exploring the phylogeny and species diversity of Chelidoperca (Teleostei: Serranidae) from the Western Pacific Ocean by an integrated approach in systematics, with descriptions of three new species and a redescription of C. lecromi Fourmanoir, 1982. Frontiers of Marine Science 6(465): 1-26., open access

Matsunuma, M. & Motomura, H. 2016. Chelidoperca stella, a new species of perchlet (Perciformes: Serranidae) from the Andaman Sea, eastern Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 4092(3): 388-400.

Matsunuma, M., Yamakawa, T. & Williams, J.T. 2017. Chelidoperca tosaensis, a new species of perchlet (Serranidae) from Japan and the Philippines, with geographic range extension of C. stella to the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Ichthyological Research 65(2): 210-230

Williams, J.T. & Carpenter, K.E. 2015. A new fish species of the subfamily Serraninae (Perciformes, Serranidae) from the Philippines. Zootaxa 3911(2): 287-293. Open access

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311144

Depth:97-240 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm SL

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