Whitley's Splitfin, Luzonichthys whitleyi (Smith 1955)

Whitley's Splitfin, Luzonichthys whitleyi, from Fanning Island, Kiribati. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small slender splitfin with bright yellow on the snout, top of the head and back, lavender pink elsewhere. 

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Whitley's Splitfin, Luzonichthys whitleyi (Smith 1955)

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Recorded from Christmas Island in the Australian EEZ. Found elsewhere in the East-Indo-west Pacific. Forms dense feeding schools on outer reef slopes.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin X + 16; anal fin III, 7; pectoral fin 21-23; lateral-line scales 70-78; Gill rakers 7-9 + 20-23.
Body slender (depth 4.2-5.0 in SL), caudal fin forked without filamentous lobes.

Species Citation

Naurua whitleyi, Smith, 1955, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 12 8(89): 345. Type locality: Nauru, Gilbert Islands.


Dianne J. Bray

Whitley's Splitfin, Luzonichthys whitleyi (Smith 1955)


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Whitley, G.P. & Colefax, A.N. 1938. Fishes from Nauru, Gilbert Islands, Oceania. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 63(3-4): 282-304 (as Luzonichthys waitei)

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Quick Facts

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Depth:5-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5.8 cm TL

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