Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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CAAB: 37316000


Blue Devil, Longfins, Prettyfins, Roundhead, Roundheads

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27 October 2011 - Douglass F. Hoese & Jennifer E. Gates

December 2006 - Douglass F. Hoese & Jennifer E. Gates


Members of the Plesiopidae are found around coral and rocky reefs of tropical and temperate regions of the Indo-west-central Pacific. The family comprises two subfamilies, about 12 genera and 49 species, with 10 genera and 25 species recognised from Australian waters.

Plesiopids are distinguished by the presence of a single dorsal fin with numerous dorsal fin spines (9–26) and fewer segmented rays (2–11). Smith-Vaniz & Johnson (1990) and Mooi (1993) presented evidence for inclusion of the Acanthoclinidae as a subfamily of Plesiopidae. Plesiopids are small sized, reaching a length of less than 10 cm.


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)
19-Nov-2012 19-Nov-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)