Parapercis stricticeps

Whitestreak Grubfish | Black-barred Weever
Parapercis stricticeps
Parapercis stricticeps, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Parapercis stricticeps
Parapercis stricticeps, Tiny juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Parapercis stricticeps
Parapercis stricticeps, NSW, Australia, Photo: Tom Davis
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Parapercis stricticeps
Parapercis stricticeps
Parapercis stricticeps


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Speckled blotches on pale blue-grey back, pale lower body, row of black dashes along side often surrounded by vertically elongate reddish blotches, light brown bar above, tail with white streak, and dark bar from eye to lower cheek. Dark bar from eye to lower cheek distinguishes it from P. xanthozona (Peppered Grubfish) and P. clathrata (Spothead Grubfish). Also lacks spot behind eye of males, as in the latter species. Endemic to eastern Australia.


Max Size: 18 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.2-27.8°C

Depth: 1-20 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: Infrequent (4.6% 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: Joe Shields