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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Bray, D.J. 2018, Paraplesiops bleekeri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2021,

Eastern Blue Devil, Paraplesiops bleekeri (Günther 1861)

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Recorded in Australia from southern Queensland to at least Montague Island, New South Wales. Inhabits coastal reefs, usually in caves or under ledges.


Listed as a protected species in New South Wales under the Fisheries Management Act 1994. Eastern Blue Devils were collected for trade in the aquarium industry. Heavy penalties apply for collecting or possessing Eastern Blue Devils in New South Wales.

Species Citation

Plesiops bleekeri Günther 1861, Cat. Fishes Brit. Mus. 3: 364. Type locality: unknown, listed as possibly from Norfolk Island.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Eastern Blue Devil, Paraplesiops bleekeri (Günther 1861)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37316008

Conservation:NSW Protected

Depth:3-51m (usually to 30m)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm


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