Parapercis ramsayi (Steindachner, 1883)

Common Name: 
Spotted Grubfish
Distribution: 

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Eastern Indian Ocean: in southern Australian waters from Western Australia through to northern New South Wales but not in Tasmania.

Ecological Notes: 

Frequents sand or rubble patches in or near reef. Depth 5 - 80 m.

Additional Notes: 

Fawn above with white belly, large white edged black spot on upper part of tail base, row of dark blotches evenly spaced on lower belly. May change colour according to substrate, light coloured on a sandy bottom, more dark in a muddy substrate. Feed on benthic crustaceans and other invertebrates. Grows to 20 cm.

References: 

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015.  p.357.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=parapercis+ramsayi. Accessed 22/06/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Parapercis-ramsayi.html. Accessed 22/06/18.