Parma oligolepis (Whitley, 1929)

Parma oligolepis
Parma oligolepis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 30 September 2013
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
11m
Parma oligolepis juvenile
Parma oligolepis juvenile
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Location: 
Park Beach Bommie
Depth: 
5m
Additional Notes: 

Subadult pictured here.

Parma oligolepis juvenile
Parma oligolepis juvenile
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 18 March 2011
Location: 
N W Solitary Is.
Depth: 
12m
Additional Notes: 

Young juvenile pictured here.

Common name: Bigscale Parma
Distribution:

Abundant in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Western Pacific region: Cape Tribulation in northern Queensland south to Sydney in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents exposed offshore coral and rocky reefs. Less common in high density coral areas. Depth 2 - 20 m.

Additional Notes:

Dusky brown or grey with large scales, lacking any distinctive marks on the operculum as on the similar Parma microlepis adult. Distinct pairing during breeding, male guard and aerate eggs which adhere to the substrate. Colour highly variable between adults and juveniles, small juvenile bottom image. Grows to 17 cm.

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.268.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=parma+oligolepis. Accessed 27/06/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/parma-oligolepis.html. Accessed 27/06/18.