Parapercis nebulosa   (Quoy and Gaimard,  1825) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyright: CSIRO

Size: 20-30 cm.

Color: Body with a dark-edged pale band from head to caudal fin; below this band, 7 to 9 dark blotches, the first at base of pectoral fin, the third extending to between first and third anal rays, and the last between end of anal fin base and base of caudal; above the pale midlateral band, several dark saddle-like blotches, less distinct than the ventral series; distinct black on caudal fin at base of upper rays; soft portion of dorsal fin with rows of dark spots.

Body elongate, subcylindrical, posteriorly compressed. lips somewhat thickened; palatine teeth absent; 6 canines in outer row at front of lower jaw; total gillrakers (upper lower limb on first arch) 11 to 17. Dorsal fin with 5 spines and 21 to 23 soft rays; the membrane connecting the spinous and soft portions of fin deeply incised, descending from tip of last spine to base of first soft ray; anal fin with 1 week spine and 17 to 19 branched rays; pectoral fin rays 17 to 19. Lateral line scales 79 to 85; 8 to 10 scales from base of first dorsal ray to lateral line; 42 to 44 scale rows around caudal peduncle.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Barfaced sandsmelt (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Demersal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Feeds on small crustaceans, zoobenthos,



Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -

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