Red - spotted sandperch
  • Parapercis schauinslandi
  • EnglishName: Red - spotted sandperch
    • Local Name : Raiy thiki alathandu
  • Size : Max. 14 cm
  • Family: PINGUIPEDIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 5 spines and 21 rays. Anal fin with 1 spine and 17 rays. Pectoral fin with 16 rays. 6 canines at front of lower jaw. Palatine teeth absent. Middle dorsal spine longest. Caudal fin emarginate.
  • Colour: White with 2 longitudinal series of squarish red spots on body, 1 along back (these spots often faint, but may contain a few dark red spots) and the other mid-lateral. 2 red lines at base of pectoral fin. Spinous portion of dorsal fin red with a large black spot in centre. Caudal fin pale with 2 red spots.
  • Habitat and Biology: Usually found on rubble near reefs at depths greater than 20 m. Carnivorous, feeding on crustaceans and small fish.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Parapercis schauinslandi is a moderately deep dwelling species. The colour pattern of this species slightly varies with major localities.