Scorpis georgiana

Banded sweep
Scorpis georgiana
Scorpis georgiana, adult, Rottnest Island, WA, Photo: Antonia Cooper
Scorpis georgiana
Scorpis georgiana, adult, Chain of Bays, SA, Photo: Andrew Green
Scorpis georgiana
Scorpis georgiana, adult, Rottnest Is, WA, Photo: Andrew Green
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Scorpis georgiana
Scorpis georgiana
Scorpis georgiana


Temperate Australasia


Differs from the sea sweep in having dark black bands across the body and a less strongly forked tail. It is less active than the other sweeps and tends to remain close to caves and ledges in the reef, sometimes retreating within. This species can be caught by line but is not often eaten because of its poor flavour.


Max Size: 35 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 16.1-23.3°C

Depth: 2-35m

Habitat Generalization Index: 9.77

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: Common (33.8% 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: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney