Barred Spiny Basslet, Belonepterygion fasciolatum (Ogilby 1889)

Other Names: Banded Longfin, Banded Spiny Basslet, Spiny Basslet

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Barred Spiny Basslet, Belonepterygion fasciolatum (Ogilby 1889)

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Lindeman Island to off Myora, Queensland, Middleton and Elizabeth reefs, and Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, and Perth to Exmouth and Kimberley region Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific. A secretive species that inhabits inshore reefs, including tidepools, sheltering in crevices and under rocks.


Dorsal fin XVII-XX, 4-5; Anal fin X-XII, 3-5; 3 unbranched lateral lines running full length of body; lateral scale rows 35-36.

Pelvic fin outer soft ray branched, inner soft ray unbranched; gill rakers elongate; no spines in the operculum; 5 infraorbital bones; palatines and basihyal toothless; 3 epurals; moderate hypural 5.


Body pale to darker brown with several narrow, vertical, dark brown bands on sides; throat and cheeks suffused with pinkish-red; brownish-black blotch on opercle. Head, snout, and lower jaw medium brown, the sharply-defined lower limit of this colouring extending from inner angle of jaws, just above posteroventral margin of eye and including opercular blotch. Much of dorsal and anal fin membranes red or dark brown; dark, greyish-brown on the posteriormost dorsal soft rays, remaining rays with paler greyish suffusion; dark, greyish-brown edgingmargin distally on membrane between anal spines, if membrane red basally; a pale greyish suffusion on distal portion of anal-fin soft rays; fleshy appendages of dorsal and anal spines white or very pale orange. Base of caudal fin reddish-brown with pinkish-grey suffusion distally, or pale brown basally, and pale greyish distally. Pectoral and pelvic fins translucent, pale greyish. 


Females lay demersal eggs that are guarded by the ma;e parent.

Species Citation

Acanthoclinus fasciolatus Ogilby 1889,  Mem. Aust. Mus. 2(3): 63, pl. 3(3). Type locality: Lord Howe Island. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Barred Spiny Basslet, Belonepterygion fasciolatum (Ogilby 1889)


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CAAB Code:37319002

Depth:0-11 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5 cm TL

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