Earle's Splitfin, Luzonichthys earlei Randall 1981

Earle's Splitfin, Luzonichthys earlei, from Maile Point, Oahu, Hawaii. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small slender anthiine with a yellowish-orange snout, upper head and back, and the rest of the body pink to magenta with a silvery sheen on the cheek, gill cover and midsides.

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Dianne J. Bray, Luzonichthys earlei in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Sep 2020,

Earle's Splitfin, Luzonichthys earlei Randall 1981

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Occurs at Christmas Island (Indian Ocean) in the Australian EE. Found elsewhere in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific.
Forms large feeding aggregations on outer reefs, often on steep reef slopes in 15-205 m.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin X + 16-17; Anal fin III, 7; Pectoral fin 19-21; lateral-line scales 59-68; Gill rakers 6-9 + 19-22.
Body slender, depth 3.6-4.1 in SL; caudal fin deeply forked.


5.5 cm TL

Species Citation

Luzonichthys earlei Randall, 1981, Mar. Freshw. Aquar. 4(9): 14, fig. 4. Type locality: off Maile Point, Waianae coast, Oahu Island, Hawaiian Islands. 


Dianne J. Bray

Earle's Splitfin, Luzonichthys earlei Randall 1981


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Quick Facts

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:15-205 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5.5 cm TL

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