Caledonian Weedfish, Springeratus xanthosoma (Bleeker 1857)

Caledonian Weedfish, Springeratus xanthosoma, from Taiwan. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase via EOL. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

Little is known of this species which has been recorded from coral reefs in Queensland, and from Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea.

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Dianne J. Bray, Springeratus xanthosoma in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 May 2024,

Caledonian Weedfish, Springeratus xanthosoma (Bleeker 1857)

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Recorded in Australia from Townshend Island to Heron Island, Queensland, and at Norfolk island, Tasman Sea. Found elsewhere in the Indo-West Pacific: Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Material from the south-west Pacific may represent an undescribed species (Hoese 2013 AFD). 


  • IUCN Red List: Not Evaluated
  • EPBC Act: Not Listed
  • Species Citation

    Clinus xanthosoma Bleeker, 1857. Natuur. tijdschr. Neder. Indiƫ 13: 340. Type locality: Karang-Bollong Bay, Jawa Tengah Province, Java, Indonesia.


    Dianne J. Bray

    Caledonian Weedfish, Springeratus xanthosoma (Bleeker 1857)


    Allen, G.R. & M. Adrim, 2003. Coral reef fishes of Indonesia. Zool. Stud. 42(1):1-72.

    Bleeker, P. 1857. Descriptiones specierum piscium javanensium novarum vel minus cognitarum diagnosticae. Natuurkundige tijdschrift voor Nederland-Indiƫ 13: 323-368.

    Hoese, D.F. 2006. Families Tripterygiidae and Clinidae. pp. 1517-1539 in Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. (as Springeratus caledonicus (Sauvage, 1874) [incorrect application of name as S. caledonicus belongs in a different family])

    Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno & T. Yoshino, 1984. The fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Vol. 1. Tokai University Press, Tokyo, Japan. 437 p. (text).

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    CAAB Code:37416033

    Biology:Live bearer

    Depth:2-10 m

    Habitat:Reef associated

    Max Size:10 cm TL


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