Little Gurnard Perch, Little Gurnard Perch, Little Scorpionfish
Maxillicosta scabriceps, Doubtful Islands, Western Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Pale body with mottled brown and red markings, long initial dorsal spines deeply incised. Hides, buried under sand during day, occasionally seen by divers at night. A similar species—Maxillicosta whitleyi—occurs in the southeast in clean sand habitats. That species can be distinguished by 8–13 spines on the ridge above the eye, compared with 4–9 for M. scabriceps.
Max Size: 12 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 12.4-28.1°C
Habitat: Rocky Reef, Seagrass, 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