Redstriped Basslet, Liopropoma tonstrinum Randall & Taylor 1988

A Redstriped Basslet, Liopropoma tonstrinum, at Peleliu, Koror Island, Palau. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Occurs at the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

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Dianne J. Bray, Liopropoma tonstrinum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Sep 2020,

Redstriped Basslet, Liopropoma tonstrinum Randall & Taylor 1988

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Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, the species occurs in Palau, Fiji, Caroline and the Marshall islands, and Japan. A secretive species found in caves and under ledges on steep outer reef slopes at depths of 11-50 m.

Species Citation

Liopropoma tonstrinum Randall & Taylor, 1988, Indo-Pacific Fishes 16: 38, pl. 2b. Type locality: Augulpelu Reef, Palau.


Dianne J. Bray

Redstriped Basslet, Liopropoma tonstrinum Randall & Taylor 1988


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Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1979. The Fishes of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Aust. Natl. Parks Wldlf. Ser. Spec. Publ. 2. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service 81 pp. 15 pls. (as Liopropoma sp 1)

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp.

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CAAB Code:37311199

Depth:11-50 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm TL

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