Luzonichthys waitei (Fowler, 1931)
Luzonichthys waitei (Fowler, 1931)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Luzonichthys waitei

English Name: Waite's splitfin

Creole Name:

French Name:

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 10; Dorsal rays: 15-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 7. 

A small, slender-bodied basslet. Dorsal fin in two distinct parts. Caudal fin lunate, often with short filaments on lobes.

Colour. A pale yellowish upper head and back that fades to lavender pink below. Bright yellow caudal-fin lobes, and a dark pink margin 
on the dorsal fin and lower edge of caudal fin.


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 7.0 cm TL. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Usually occurs in groups on outer reef slopes (depth 1-55m, usually 1-35m). Feeds on zooplankton. 

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations.


Photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. 
Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.
Recorded from Bird Island by Randall, J.E. in 1992 (Randall 1997).  


Bray, D.J. Luzonichthys waitei in Fishes of Australia, (01/11/23). 
Froese, R. & D. Pauly. Eds. (2023). FishBase. Luzonichthys waitei. (31/10/23).
Randall, J.E. (1997). Randall's tank photos. Collection of 10,000 large-format photos (slides) of dead fishes. Unpublished.  
Williams, J.T. et al. (2016). Luzonichthys waitei. The IUCN Red List 2016: (31/10/23).


Nevill, J.E.G., Brighton, E. & Mason-Parker, C. (2023). Luzonichthys waitei, Waite's splitfin. Seychelles Seatizens.

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