The most distinctive feature of the Incised Gurnard Perch is the black blotch on the soft-rayed portion of the dorsal fin. The species is endemic to Australia.
The Incised Gurnard Perch has an orange body with two dark saddles. There is a distinct black blotch on the soft-rayed portion of the dorsal fin. The Incised Gurnard Perch is the only species of Neosebastes with this blotch. The swim bladder of this species is simple. All other species of Neosebastes have bilobed swimbladders, except for N. bougainvillii, which lacks a swimbladder.
The Incised Gurnard Perch is relatively abundant. It is trawled from sandy offshore waters at depths between 30 m and 500 m.
The species is endemic to Australia, occurring in southern Queensland and New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Motomura, H. 2004. Revision of the scorpionfish genus Neosebastes (Scorpaeniformes: Neosebastidae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes. 37: 1-76, pl. 1-2.