Yellow Scissortail, Assessor flavissimus Allen & Kuiter 1976


Other Names: Gold Assessor Basslet, Yellow Assessor, Yellow Assessor Basslet, Yellow Devilfish

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Summary:
A bright yellow scissortail with a reddish-orange stripe from the eye to the upper edge of the gill cover, and a submarginal reddish-orange band on the dorsal and anal fins. Divers often see groups of scissortails swimming upside down in caves and under ledges.
Video of Yellow Scissortails in an aquarium.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Assessor flavissimus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Oct 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/3470

Yellow Scissortail, Assessor flavissimus Allen & Kuiter 1976

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Distribution

Outer reefs of the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the southwest Pacific (Papua New Guinea).
Forms small aggregations in caves, crevices and under ledges and overhangs.

Features

Dorsal fin XI, 8-10; Anal fin III, 9-10.

Feeding

Planktivore - feeds on small crustaceans.

Biology

Males incubate the eggs in their mouths.

Species Citation

Assessor flavissimus Allen & Kuiter 1976, Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 4(3): 211, fig. 5. Type locality: Pixie Reef, off Cairns, QLD. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Yellow Scissortail, Assessor flavissimus Allen & Kuiter 1976

References


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

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 PDF Open Access

Coleman, N. 1981. Australian Sea Fishes North of 30°S. Lane Cove, NSW : Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd 297 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 2004. Basslets, Hamlets and their relatives. A comprehensive guide to selected Serranidae and Plesiopidae. Chorleywood, UK : TMC Publishing 1, 216 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37316003

Biology:Oral egg brooder (males)

Depth:2-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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