Parapercis hexophtalma (Speckled sandperch)


Elongate white body with a grayish to brown back, side has numerous white blotches with black lines in the middle, numerous black lines, dots and speckles. Large black spot on the tail fin. Only the males have grey or yellow vertical lines on the cheek. They rest on the bottom supported by their pectoral fins.


Unassessed by the IUCN Red list, but a common species in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Indo-West Pacific.


Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Indo-West Pacific. They can be found on sand and rubble bottoms in lagoons and protected seaward reefs, in a depth range of 8-25 meters.



Up to 28cm.

Prey / Predation

They feed on small crustaceans, invertebrates and even small fish.

Special features

There are quite a few different species of sandperches in tropical water, but the black spot on the tail sets this species apart from the rest.