Common Name: Redspotted Sandperch
Distribution: Rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region: from East Africa to Pitcairn Island, north to southern Japan, south to the Great Barrier Reef, and throughout Oceania. In Australia recorded from offshore regions of the northern coast of Western Australia, the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.
Ecological Notes: Frequents open sand and rubble habitats near reefs, adults on deep seaward slopes and sand flats. Depth 9 – 170 m.
Additional Notes: Pale colouration with a series of nine reddish blotches below the lateral line. Has a red blotch in spiny dorsal fin, and two narrow bright red bars at pectoral fin base. Has been observed in the water column with basslet species feeding on zooplankton. In 2007 this specimen the most southern record known from the east coast of Australia. Grows to 18 cm.
References: R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.358.
Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=parapercis+schauinslandi. Accessed 25/06/18.
FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Parapercis-schauinslandii.html. Accessed 25/06/18.