Eastern Blue Devil, Paraplesiops bleekeri Click to enlarge image
An Eastern Blue Devil at a depth of 18 m, Boat Harbour, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, February 2004. Image: Paul Selwood
© Paul Selwood

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    bleekeri
    Genus
    Paraplesiops
    Family
    Plesiopidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to 40 cm in length.

Introduction

The Eastern Blue Devil is a beautiful, secretive fish that is protected under New South Wales Fisheries Law.



Identification

The Eastern Blue Devil can be recognised by its banded pattern and yellow pectoral and caudal fins. The pelvic fins and posterior dorsal and anal fins are elongate. When spread these fins overlap, making the fish appear larger.

Habitat

It is sometimes seen by divers in caves and under ledges. In estuaries it is infrequently seen in water as shallow as 3 m, but is more commonly seen in coastal waters down to about 30 m depth.


Eastern Blue Devil, Paraplesiops bleekeri
An Eastern Blue Devil at a depth of 18 m, Boat Harbour, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, February 2004. Image: Paul Selwood
© Paul Selwood

Distribution

This species is endemic to Australia. It occurs in coastal waters from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.



Conservation status

The Eastern Blue Devil is protected under New South Wales Fisheries Laws. It may not be speared or collected by any means, or possessed without a permit.

References

  1. Edgar, G.J. 1997. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Reed Books. Pp. 544.
  2. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.