Fish ID: Spothead Grubfish

Sandperch spothead grubfish parapercis clathrata thl
Family Sandperch (PINGUIPEDIDAE)
species Parapercis clathrata
size To 17cm
locality On open sandy or grit substrate
behaviour Solitary or in pairs
range East Indo to West Pacific oceans including Australia

Many variants of grubfish have very similar shape: tapered snout, with long tapering body, sitting on substrate. Variants distinguished usually by markings. This one has two distinct ocellated spots one behind each eye, which look like another set of eyes.