Lyretail Grubfish, Parapercis schauinslandii (Steindachner 1900)

Other Names: Flagfin Weaver, Lyre-tail Grubfish, Redspotted Sandperch

A Lyretail Grubfish, Parapercis schauinslandii, at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

A striking grubfish with black or reddish to dark brown blotches on the upper sides, alternating with reddish bars on the lower sides; spinous dorsal fin black near base, deep reddish distally, soft dorsal fin with a row of dark spots, pectoral-fin base with two narrow bright red bars; and two dark spots on tail base.

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Lyretail Grubfish, Parapercis schauinslandii (Steindachner 1900)

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Inhabits open sandy and rubble areas on deep seaward and coastal slopes and deep sandy  reef flats. Adults often rise up off the bottom to feed. 


Adults often swim high above the bottom to feed on zooplankton, usually amongst other fishes such as basslets. 


Dianne J. Bray

Lyretail Grubfish, Parapercis schauinslandii (Steindachner 1900)


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CAAB Code:37390017

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Depth:12-65 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm TL

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