Plesiops insularis

Island longfin | Coral Sea Longfin
Plesiops insularis
Plesiops insularis, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Plesiops insularis
Plesiops insularis, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Plesiops insularis
Plesiops insularis


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Eye with blue outer and gold inner iris, and dark dashes behind on head. Blue and yellow margins on fins and often a large yellow-orange patch on or behind the operculum. Very shy, living deep in cracks.


Max Size: 11 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 18.8-24.9°C

Depth: 0-25m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (16.3% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland