Pervagor alternans

Yelloweye Leatherjacket | Brighteye Filefish | Brighteye Leatherjacket
Pervagor alternans
Pervagor alternans, adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Pervagor alternans
Pervagor alternans, NSW, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Pervagor alternans
Pervagor alternans, NSW, Australia, Photo: Tom Davis
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Pervagor alternans
Pervagor alternans
Pervagor alternans


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Orange eye distinguishes it from P. janthinosoma (gillblotch leatherjacket) and Pervagor aspricaudus (not shown). Slowly retreats into reef crevices when approached.


Max Size: 16 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.3-29.3°C

Depth: 1-20m

Habitat Generalization Index: 4.78

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: Frequent (12.9% 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: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland