Steene's Prettyfin, Steeneichthys plesiopsus Allen & Randall 1985

Other Names: Steene's Longfin

Steene's Prettyfin, Steeneichthys plesiopsus, from Rowley Shoals, Western Australia. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A longfin with three yellowish-brown bars on a pale head, six faint dark bars along the body, several white dots on the upper side, white tips on the dorsal-fin spines, and alternating pale and dark bars or bands on the soft dorsal, anal and caudal fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Steeneichthys plesiopsus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jun 2024,

Steene's Prettyfin, Steeneichthys plesiopsus Allen & Randall 1985

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Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea, to NE of Dunk Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific: Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.
Inhabits caves and crevices on outer reef slopes in depths of 2-35 m.


Dorsal fin IX, 8-9; Anal fin III, 7; Pectoral fin 17-18; Lateral line scales 1 tubed; Gill rakers (total first arch) 10-11.
Body depth at dorsal-fin origin 2.5-3.2 in SL.

Species Citation

Steeneichthys plesiopsus Allen & Randall 1985, Rec. W. A. Mus. 12(2): 187, figs 1-2. Type  locality: Bedwell Island, Clerke Reef, Rowley Shoals, WA. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Steene's Prettyfin, Steeneichthys plesiopsus Allen & Randall 1985


Allen, G.R. & Randall, J.E. 1985. A new genus and species of plesiopid fish from Western Australia and the central-south Pacific Ocean. Records of the Western Australian Museum 12(2): 185-191 figs 1-2 

Kuiter, R.H. 2004. Basslets, Hamlets and their relatives. A comprehensive guide to selected Serranidae and Plesiopidae. Chorleywood, UK : TMC Publishing 1, 216 pp. 

Mooi, R.D. 1999. Families Plesiopidae, Notograptidae. pp. 2586-2587 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790. 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

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CAAB Code:37316015

Depth:2-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm TL

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