Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory

Plesiopidae: Plesiopinae

Plesiopidae: Plesiopinae

<I>Paraplesiops bleekeri</I>

Paraplesiops bleekeri


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CAAB: 37316000

Subfamily Plesiopinae


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

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


Thirty species of plesiopines in seven genera are currently recognised from the Indo-Pacific region. All seven genera and 21 species are known from Australian waters. The group is characterised by the presence of numerous dorsal spines, a disjunct lateral line and four soft pelvic rays. The subfamily shows considerable similarity to New World grammids. Plesiopines live on coral or rocky reefs and range in size from about 4 to 20 cm.

Various authors have revised several of the seven genera of the prettyfins — Trachinops (Allen 1977), Assessor (Allen & Kuiter 1976), Plesiops (Inger 1955; Mooi 1995) and Paraplesiops, including a key to described genera (Hoese & Kuiter 1984). The remaining genera have one or two species. Mooi (1999) provided a key to tropical species from the central west Pacific.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1977. A revision of the plesiopid fish genus Trachinops, with the description of a new species from Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 5(1): 59-72 figs 1-2

Allen, G.R. & Kuiter, R.H. 1976. A review of the plesiopid fish genus Assessor, with descriptions of two new species. Records of the Western Australian Museum 4(3): 201-215 figs 1-4

Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. 2006. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [1052]

Hoese, D.F. & Kuiter, R.H. 1984. A revision of the Australian plesiopid fish genus Paraplesiops, with notes on other Australian genera. Records of the Australian Museum 36(1/2): 7-18 figs 1-9

Inger, R.F. 1955. A revision of the fishes of the genus Plesiops Cuvier. Pacific Science 9(3): 259-276 figs 1-4

Mooi, R.D. 1995. Revision, phylogeny, and discussion of biology and biogeography of the fish genus Plesiops (Perciformes: Plesiopidae). Royal Ontario Museum Life Sciences Contributions 159: 1-107

Mooi, R.D. 1999. Families Plesiopidae, Notograptidae. pp. 2586-2587 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

Ogilby, J.D. 1918. Edible fishes of Queensland. Parts 10–14. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 6: 45-90 figs 16-26 [pl. 16] (Drawing by E. Waite)


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)