Eastern Blue Devil, Paraplesiops bleekeri (Günther 1861)

Other Names: Bleeker's Devilfish, Blue-tipped Long-fin

n Eastern Blue Devil, Paraplesiops bleekeri. Source: Thierry Rakotoarivelo / Reef Life Survey. License: All rights reserved


A striking plesiopid with blue and white bands, a yellow caudal and pectoral fins, and elongate rays in the soft dorsal and anal fins.

Beautiful video of an Eastern Blue Devil by Thierry Rakotoarivelo

Video of an Eastern Blue Devil at Bass Point, New South Wales, in about 20 m.

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Dianne J. Bray, Paraplesiops bleekeri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 Feb 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/3244

Eastern Blue Devil, Paraplesiops bleekeri (Günther 1861)

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Recorded in Australia from Palm Beac, Queensland, to Montague Island, New South Wales. The Eastern Bluedevil usually inhabits coastal reefs, where it is often seen in caves and under ledges.


Dianne J. Bray

Eastern Blue Devil, Paraplesiops bleekeri (Günther 1861)


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CAAB Code:37316008

Depth:3-30 m

Habitat:Rocky reefs

Max Size:40 cm


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