The Eastern Blue Devil is a beautiful, secretive fish that is protected under New South Wales Fisheries Law.
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.
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.
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.
Ozcam map of Eastern Blue Devil specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Paraplesiops%20bleekeri&zoom=off#mapView
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.
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