Pinkbanded Grubfish, Parapercis nebulosa (Quoy & Gaimard 1825)

Other Names: Bar-faced Weaver, Barred Sandperch, Pink-banded Grubfish, Red-barred Grubfish, Red-faced Weever

A Pinkbanded Grubfish, Parapercis nebulosa, in Lilli Pilli Baths, Port Hacking, New South Wales, October 2021. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A whitish to pale pink grubfish with 6 brown to reddish bands (each often containing a small pale spot), a large black blotch on the anterior part of the dorsal fin, a reddish bar on the cheek below the rear of the eye, and blue lines on the head. In larger fish the bands along the body may be interrupted by a broad pale area along the midsides.

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Pinkbanded Grubfish, Parapercis nebulosa (Quoy & Gaimard 1825)

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Off Mandura, Western Australia, around the tropical north to at least Port Hacking, Sydney, New South Wales. The species may also occur in New Guinea.
Inhabits sandy, silty and rubble areas on coral and rocky reefs.


The species is a protogynous hermaphrodite, capable of changing sex from female to male. 


Taken as bycatch in bottom trawl fisheries, and may be sold in the aquarium trade.


The specific name nebulosa is from the Latin nebulosus (= cloudy, misty).

Species Citation

Percis nebulosa Quoy & Gaimard, 1825, Voyage Autour du Monde 1: 349. Type locality: Baie des Chiens-Marins (Shark Bay, Western Australia).


Bray, D.J. 2024


Atlas of Living Australia

Pinkbanded Grubfish, Parapercis nebulosa (Quoy & Gaimard 1825)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37390005

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:4-155 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish; bycatch

Habitat:Reef associated, silt/sand/rubble areas

Max Size:25 cm TL


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