Moreton Perchlet, Plectranthias moretonensis Gill, Pogonoski, Moore & Johnson 2021

Holotype of the Moreton Perchlet, Plectranthias moretonensis, AMS I.35797-004, 31.5 mm SL, from east of Stradbroke Island,Queensland. Source: A.C. Gill, Fig. 38A, in Gill et al. (2021) Zootaxa 4918(1): 1-116. License: All rights reserved

A rare perchlet known only from the holotype collected from off Moreton Bay, Queensland.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Plectranthias moretonensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024,

Moreton Perchlet, Plectranthias moretonensis Gill, Pogonoski, Moore & Johnson 2021

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Off Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay, Queensland.


Dorsal fin X,16 (all segmented rays branched); Anal fin III,7 (all segmented rays branched); Pectoral fin 13 (all rays unbranched); Pelvic fin 1,5; principal caudal fin principal rays 9 + 8, branched rays?+6, upper procurrent rays 6, lower procurrent rays 5, total caudal-fin rays 28; Gill rakers 5+12, upper four and lower four rudiments; Branchiostegal rays 7; Pseudobranch filaments 13; Vertebrae 10+16.
Lateral-line complete, 27-29 tubed scales; Scales above lateral-line to origin of dorsal fin 3; Scales above lateral-line to base of fifth dorsal spine 2; Scales below lateral line to origin of anal fin 10-11; Diagonal scale rows on cheek 5; Predorsal scales about 12, extending to vertical through posterior edge of pupil; Circumpeduncular scales 15.
Opercle with 3 flat spines, middle spine longest, upper spine mostly concealed by scales; preopercle with 16/18 serrations on vertical portion, and 2 enlarged antrorse serrations on ventral portion.
Dorsal-fin spines with fleshy tabs on their distal tips; third dorsal spine longest; dorsal fin incised before first segmented-fin ray.


In preservative: Head, body and fins generally pale tan, except for a few dusky spots dorsally on nape and occiput. Colour in life unknown. 

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Differs from congeners in having the following combination of characters: dorsal rays X,16; third dorsal spine longest, bearing fleshy pennant; pectoral rays 13, all rays unbranched; lateral line complete, consisting of 27–29 tubed scales; predorsal scales extending anteriorly to vertical through posterior edge of pupil; preopercle finely serrated posteriorly, with two enlarged antrorse serrations ventrally.


The species is named for the type locality, off Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay, Queensland.

Species Citation

Plectranthias moretonensis Gill, Pogonoski,  Moore & Johnson 2021, Zootaxa 4918(1): 93, Fig. 38. Type locality: Australia, Queensland, east of Stradbroke Island, 27°27.37′S 153°39′E, 77 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Moreton Perchlet, Plectranthias moretonensis Gill, Pogonoski, Moore & Johnson 2021


Gill, A.C., Pogonoski, J.J., Moore, G.I. & Johnson, J.W. 2021. Review of Australian species of Plectranthias Bleeker and Selenanthias Tanaka (Teleostei: Serranidae: Anthiadinae), with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 4918(1): 1-116.

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CAAB Code:37311239

Depth:77 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.2 cm SL


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