Hypoplectrodes cardinalis

Red seaperch
Hypoplectrodes cardinalis
Hypoplectrodes cardinalis, Rottnest Island, WA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith


Temperate Australasia


Dark spot on caudal peduncle and yellow stripes below the eye. Endemic to Western Australia, although only rarely observed. Hangs upside-down underneath ledges, and nestles into cracks and invertebrate growth when approached.


Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: N/A

Depth: 10 - 60 m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Widespread (100% 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.