Helicolenus percoides, Port Davey, TAS, Photo: Graham Edgar
Differs from local gurnard perches in having three brown bands across the body and fewer spines on the cheek. Adults are most abundant in deep waters on the continental slope, with smaller animals more common on the continental shelf, where they are trawled commercially. Juveniles also sometimes occur on much shallower Tasmanian reefs adjacent to deep water.
Max Size: 47 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 10.4-19.3°C
Habitat: Rocky Reef, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (1% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney