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Plesiops coeruleolineatus

(Banded Devilfish)


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Family : Roundheads ; Minimum depth reported from Ref. 30874. Found under stone or corals in flood basins and lagoons [1]. Common but very secretive and usually found when turning rubble pieces in pools [2]. It ventures out in the open at night to feed on small crustaceans, fishes and gastropods [3].

Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:

Rooipunt langvin, Rooipunt-Langvin

Common Names in Carolinian:


Common Names in Chinese:

藍線鮗, 黑七夕魚, 黑鮗

Common Names in English:

Banded Devilfish, Coral Devil, Coral Longfin, Crimsontip Longfin, Red tipped longfin, Red tipped prettyfin, Red-Tipped Longfin, Red-Tipped Prettyfin

Common Names in Japanese:

Tanabata uo, Tanabata-Uo

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Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

蓝线鮗, 藍線鮗, 黑七夕魚, 黑七夕鱼, 黑鮗

Common Names in Vietnamese:

Cá Ðông san hô


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Typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -6,737 meters (0 to -22,103 feet).[4]

Biome: Marine .


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Pharopteryx melas (Bleeker • Pharopteryx semeion (Tanaka • Plesiops caeruleolineatus Rüppell • Plesiops corallicola Bleeker • Plesiops melas Bleeker • Plesiops nigricans apoda Kner • Plesiops nigricans< /i> (R�ppell • Plesiops semeion Tanaka • Plesiops welas Bleeker • Pseudochromichthys riukianus Schmidt


Name Status: Accepted Name .

First described: Rüppell, E. Neue Wirbelthiere zu der Fauna von Abyssinien gehörig, entdeckt und beschrieben. Amphibien. S. Schmerber, Frankfurt a. M. , 1835.

Comment: Originally coeruleo-lineatus[5].

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 16-Jan-1997

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Plesiops

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 15 species and subspecies in this genus:

P. altivelis (Marine Betta) · P. bleekeri (Eastern Blue Devil) · P. caeruleolineatus (Red-Tipped Prettyfin) · P. coeruleolineatus (Banded Devilfish) · P. corallicola (Bluegill Longfin) · P. genaricus (Cheekveil Longfin) · P. gracilis (Threadfin Longfin) · P. insularis (Spotted Longfin) · P. meleagris (Blue Devil) · P. multisquamata (Spotted Longfin) · P. mystaxus (Moustache Longfin) · P. nigricans (Whitespotted Longfin) · P. oxycephalus (Sharp-Nosed Longfin) · P. semeion (Eastern Sand Darter) · P. verecundus (Redtip Longfin)

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal November 15, 2007:



  1. Masuda, H. and G.R. Allen (1993). Meeresfische der Welt - Groß-Indopazifische Region. Tetra Verlag, Herrenteich, Melle. 528 p. [back]
  2. Kuiter, R. H. and Tonozuka (2001). Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 1. Eels- Snappers, Muraenidae - Lutjanidae. Zoonetics, Australia. 302 p. [back]
  3. Myers, R.F. (1999). Micronesian reef fishes: a comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia, 3rd revised and expanded edition. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 330 p. [back]
  4. Mean = -1,383.530 meters (-4,539.140 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,670.990 based on 619 observations. Ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  5. Eschmeyer, W.N., Editor (1999). Catalog of fishes. Updated database version of November 1999. Catalog databases as made available to FishBase in November 1999. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-02-06