Paraplesiops meleagris

Plesiopidae
Western Blue Devil, Southern Blue Devil
Adelaide, SA.  Photo: Graham Edgar
Juvenile, Perth, WA.  Photo: Ben Jones
Rottnest Island, WA.  Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Adult, Port Phillip Bay, VIC.  Photo: Antonia Cooper

Adelaide, SA.  Photo: Graham Edgar
Juvenile, Perth, WA.  Photo: Ben Jones
Rottnest Island, WA.  Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Adult, Port Phillip Bay, VIC.  Photo: Antonia Cooper

Distribution
Description
Often confused with the Western Blue Devil, Paraplesiops sinclairi, due to the common name. This species is common in South Australia and southern Western Australia and has bright blue spots over the face. P. sinclairi is restricted to a smaller part of south-western Australia, is much less commonly seen by divers due to more cryptic behaviour (and possibly preferring deeper water), tends to have yellowish pectoral fins and less blue spotting over the face and body.
Information
  • Max Size: 33 cm
Rarity
  • IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
  • Occurrence: Common (29% of sites)
    Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
  • Abundance: Few (2 per transect)
    Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
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