Psammoperca waigiensis

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Psammoperca waigiensis
Psammoperca waigiensis, Barrow Island, Western Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Psammoperca waigiensis
Psammoperca waigiensis, Gulf of Carpentaria, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Psammoperca waigiensis
Psammoperca waigiensis, Dampier, Western Australia
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Psammoperca waigiensis
Psammoperca waigiensis
Psammoperca waigiensis


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Concave head, dark lateral line and reflective reddish eye. Colour can vary from dark reddish brown (almost black) to light silvery grey or brassy. Usually remains in groups within caves during the day but will also forage during overcast weather. Similar in appearance and closely related to Lates calcarifer (Barramundi). Length to 47 cm.


Max Size: 47 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 18.5-31.2°C

Depth: 3-32m

Habitat Generalization Index: 8.31

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 (11.9% 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: Several (6 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields