Neosebastes pandus

Big-head gurnard perch | Neosebastes pandas
Neosebastes pandus
Neosebastes pandus, adult, Rapid Bay, South Australia, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw


Temperate Australasia


Differs from the common gurnard perch in having larger pectoral fins extending well past the start of the anal fin. It is usually a darker colour than the common gurnard perch, with small black spots on the head and upper body.


Max Size: 50 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.5-22.7°C

Depth: 10-200m

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: Infrequent (1.2% 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: Few (3 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