Parapercis xanthozona

Peppered Grubfish | Whitestrip Sandperch | Yellow-spot Grubfish | Yellowband Grubfish | Yellowbar Sandperch
Parapercis xanthozonaParapercis xanthozona, male, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Parapercis xanthozonaParapercis xanthozona, QLD, Australia, Photo: Joe Shields
Parapercis xanthozonaParapercis xanthozona, Photo: Graham Edgar
Parapercis xanthozonaParapercis xanthozona, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Parapercis xanthozonaParapercis xanthozona, Gulf of Carpentaria, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Parapercis xanthozona
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Parapercis xanthozona


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale blue-grey back with U-shaped markings composed of brown flecks, white stripe along mid body and to tail tip, row of brown blotches below that sometimes join with U's to make vertical bands. Males with numerous fine, oblique white lines on operculum. P. stricticeps (Whitestreak Grubfish) has bar below eye and darker markings.


Max Size: 23 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.2-30.7°C

Depth: 0-20m

Habitat Generalization Index: 0.87

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (6.5% 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 (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields