Pygmy Basslet, Luzonichthys waitei (Fowler 1931)

Other Names: Magenta Slender Anthias, Waite's Splitfin

Waite's Splitfin, Luzonichthys waitei, at Taveuni, Fiji. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: All rights reserved

A splitfin with a pale yellowish upper head and back that fades to lavender pink below, with bright yellow caudal-fin lobes, and a dark pink margin on the dorsal fin and lower edge of caudal fin.

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Pygmy Basslet, Luzonichthys waitei (Fowler 1931)

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Found on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and in the Coral Sea. Occurs elsewhere in the Indo-west Pacific.
Forms large feeding schools on outer reef slopes in depths of 1-35 m.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin X + 15-17; Anal fin III, 7; Pectoral fin 17-21; Lateral-line scales 51-59; Gill rakers 7-10 + 19-20.
Body slender, depth 3.3-3.8 in SL; caudal fin lunate, often short filaments on lobes.

Species Citation

Mirolabrichthys waitei Fowler, 1931, Bull. U. S. Natl Mus. 100(11): 228, fig. 16. Type locality: Port Maricaban, Luzon Island, Philippines. 


Dianne J. Bray

Pygmy Basslet, Luzonichthys waitei (Fowler 1931)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311104

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Depth:1-35 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7 cm TL

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