Bugeye Dottyback, Amsichthys knighti (Allen 1987)

Other Names: Bug-eyed Dottyback, Knight's Dottyback

A Bugeye Dottyback, Amsichthys knighti, from Palau. Source: Jeffrey T. Williams / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

This small cryptic dottyback is rarely seen. It varies in colour from uniform yellow to brown, with a pinkish snout and yellow caudal fin in brown individuals. 

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Bugeye Dottyback, Amsichthys knighti (Allen 1987)

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Scott Reef, Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to the Capricorn Group, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical east-Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits crevices, boulder and rubble areas on inshore coral reef slopes to 30 m.


Dorsal fin I, 23-24; Anal fin I-II, 13-15; Pectoral fin 16-18; a single lateral-line scale; scales in lateral series 30-33.

Species Citation

Pseudoplesiops knighti Allen 1987, Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 13(2): 253. Type locality: Ribbon Reef, Great Barrier Reef [14°58´S, 145°44´E]. 


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Bugeye Dottyback, Amsichthys knighti (Allen 1987)


Allen, G.R. 1987. Descriptions of three new pseudochromid fishes of the genus Pseudoplesiops from Australia and surrounding regions. Records of the Western Australian Museum 13(2): 249-261.

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

Gill, A.C. & Edwards, A.J. 1999. Monophyly, interrelationships and description of three new genera in the dottyback fish subfamily Pseudoplesiopinae (Teleostei: Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Records of the Australian Museum 51(2): 141-160.

Mooi, R.D. 1990. Egg surface morphology of pseudochromoids (Perciformes: Percoidei), with comments on its phylogenetic implications. Copeia 1990(2): 455-475.

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.

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CAAB Code:37313021

Depth:10-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max weight:4 cm TL

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