Tag: Yellow-Bar Sandperch (Parapercis Xanthozona)

The Yellow-Bar Sandperch (Parapercis Xanthozona), also commonly known as the Peppered Sandperch is one of the most commonly encountered, and easily approached of all the Benthic species in the area.

Growing to a maximum length of just over 20cm, they live in small, scattered groups consisting of one dominant male, presiding over a number of females and juveniles.

The main distinguishing features of this species are its overall grayish colouration with numerous small spots along the back. There is a mid-lateral white band originating from behind the pectoral fin and continuing through the caudal fin.

Males have narrow diagonal lines on the cheek (i have photos of individuals with spots in this area rather than lines so the assumption is these are likely to be females).

Theyellow/orange bar/spot marking at the base of the pectoral fin are present in all individuals.

The Yellow-Bar Sandperch (Parapercis Xanthozona), also commonly known as the Peppered Sandperch is one of the most commonly encountered, and easily approached of all the Benthic species in the area.

Growing to a maximum length of just over 20cm, they live in small, scattered groups consisting of one dominant male, presiding over a number of females and juveniles.

The main distinguishing features of this species are its overall grayish colouration with numerous small spots along the back. There is a mid-lateral white band originating from behind the pectoral fin and continuing through the caudal fin.

Males have narrow diagonal lines on the cheek (i have photos of individuals with spots in this area rather than lines so the assumption is these are likely to be females).

Theyellow/orange bar/spot marking at the base of the pectoral fin are present in all individuals.

Alan's picture
Yellow-Bar Sandperch (Parapercis Xanthozona) - Male

If the reference material is to be believed, this photo of the ever-curious Yellow-Bar Sandperch (Parapercis Xanthozona) MUST be a male due to the presence of the diagonal lines on its cheeks.

Alan's picture
Yellow-Bar Sandperch (Parapercis Xanthozona) - Female

Another photo of what i assume to be the female Yellow-Bar Sandperch (Parapercis Xanthozona) due to the lack of characteristic diagonal lines on the cheek which are a characteristic of the male.

Alan's picture
Yellow-Bar Sandperch (Parapercis Xanthozona) - Female

One of the best photo subjects around, the Yellow-Bar Sandperch (Parapercis Xanthozona) does not hesitate to boldly approach a diver who is laying still on the bottom.

Based on reference material stating that the male has characteristic diagonal lines on the cheek, the assumption is, that the individual in this photo is a female.