Peppered Grubfish (species: Parapercis xanthozona) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Parapercis xanthozona
Peppered Grubfish

©Anne Hoggett: Male Peppered Grubfish about 18 cm long at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pinguipedidae
Genus Parapercis
Species Parapercis xanthozona



Distinguishing features

Sandperch with a white stripe along sides extending to tail tip, about nine distinct bands below the stripe, wider speckled bands above. Dark spots on the tail above and below the white stripe. Males have curved diagonal lines on the face as shown in the photo. 


  • Up to 23 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Depczynski, M. (2006). Small cryptic fishes on coral reefs: a new perspective on reef fish ecology and life histories, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1070.
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