A black and white photo of a horseman and sheep in front of a big radiotelescope dish.

Common name: Bigeye Ocean Perch. Scientific name: Helicolenus barathri. Family: Sebastidae.

Bigeye Ocean Perch: What a cracker! Found on the continental shelf and continental slope.  Was also known as Coral Perch, Ocean Perch, Red Gurnard Perch, Red Perch, Red Rock Perch and Sea Perch. It is found in Australia from off southern New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Great Australian Bight off South Australia. Grows to about 40cm and lives on flat, hard seabeds in upper continental slope waters at depths between 250m and 800m.

From the Australian National Fish Collection

  • The Australian National Fish Collection is a comprehensive reference and research facility
  • It holds 145,000 finfish specimens representing 3,000 species
  • The collection supports marine biology and conservation of aquatic biodiversity
  • The ANFC is maintained by CSIRO in Hobart, Tasmania