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Species Helicolenus barathri (Hector, 1875)

Bigeye Ocean Perch, Coral Cod, Coral Perch, Ocean Perch, Red Gurnard Perch, Red Perch, Red Rock Perch, Sea Perch



Both species of Helicolenus were described originally from New Zealand. Recent work (Smith et al. 2009, Paul & Horn 2009) in New Zealand suggested that only a single species is known from New Zealand (Helicolenus percoides), which would make H. barathi a junior synonym, and leave the Australian species undescribed. In the interests of stability, tentatively we retain both names for Australian species pending further studies of the genus.




New South Wales, South Australia

Extra Distribution Information

East of Brisbane, QLD to eastern SA, records from Western Australia probably based on a different species; temperate, south-west Pacific (Lord Howe Rise, south of Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Ridge, just south of Norfolk Island, New Zealand and Chatham Islands).

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Tasman Basin Province (13), Central Eastern Transition (15), Great Australian Bight Shelf Transition (32), Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Southern Province (8), West Tasmania Transition (9)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf, continental slope.

Extra Ecological Information



Common Name References

Seafood Services Australia 2008. Australian Fish Names Standard. (Bigeye Ocean Perch)

Yearsley, G.K., Last, P.R. & Ward, R.D. (eds) 1999. Australian Seafood Handbook. Hobart : CSIRO Marine Research 460 pp. [194] (Coral Cod, Coral Perch, Ocean Perch, Red Gurnard Perch, Red Perch, Red Rock Perch, Sea Perch)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
06-May-2015 SCORPAENIFORMES 06-May-2015 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED