Wavy Grubfish

Parapercis haackei

Parapercis haackei - Wavy Grubfish (Family Pinguipedidae)
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Size: 10 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters west of Cape Jervis

Habitat: Benthic in sandy, shelly and muddy areas

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

This smallish fish can often be found perched on sandy bottoms with its modified pelvic fins, on and around rocky reefs or under jetties. It has a white belly and brown back, with a wide, dark brown wavy bar separating the two colours, and a thin neon blue stripe under the eye. It occasionally sports an elegant handlebar moustache, or more accurately a stripe just below the lip that resembles one, but sadly no monocle.