The Barber Perch can be recognised by its colouration, is found on rocky reefs in temperate marine waters and is endemic to Australia.
The Barber Perch can be recognised by its colouration. Small juveniles are pink with a black head. Larger juveniles and females are pink with a blue line under the eyes. Males are yellowish to silvery with a blue spot on each scale. Males have blue lines on the head and blue-margined median fins.
The species is found on rocky reefs in temperate marine waters.
It is endemic to Australia, occurring from southern Victoria to south-western Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
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