Tag: Highfin Coralfish (Coradion Altivelis)

The Highfin Coralfish (Coradion Altivelis) has been causing quite a bit of confusion due to its similarity to the Orange-Banded Coralfish (Coradion Chrysozonus).

I was initially quite sure that the species found locally was the Highfin Coralfish, however it appears that this species lacks the "oscellated spot" present on the Orange-Banded Coralfish.

After checking the photo collection, it may be that both species are actually present as i have photos of both adults and juveniles, with and without the "oscellated spot"...

These species both share similar features eg. four broad yellow/brownish vertical bands, a black band on the caudal peduncle, thin blue sub-margin on the dorsal and anal fins.

Until a positive identification can be made, i am creating a gallery for both species, adding photos of those that best fit the description of each into their own gallery.

There is the possibility that there will be incorrect species in either gallery.

Anyone with definitive knowledge on these species is very welcome to add comments in order to help clarify which species is which.

The Highfin Coralfish (Coradion Altivelis) has been causing quite a bit of confusion due to its similarity to the Orange-Banded Coralfish (Coradion Chrysozonus).

I was initially quite sure that the species found locally was the Highfin Coralfish, however it appears that this species lacks the "oscellated spot" present on the Orange-Banded Coralfish.

After checking the photo collection, it may be that both species are actually present as i have photos of both adults and juveniles, with and without the "oscellated spot"...

These species both share similar features eg. four broad yellow/brownish vertical bands, a black band on the caudal peduncle, thin blue sub-margin on the dorsal and anal fins.

Until a positive identification can be made, i am creating a gallery for both species, adding photos of those that best fit the description of each into their own gallery.

There is the possibility that there will be incorrect species in either gallery.

Anyone with definitive knowledge on these species is very welcome to add comments in order to help clarify which species is which.

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Highfin Coralfish (Coradion Altivelis)

Although there is some confusion between what may either be the Highfin Coralfish (Coradion Altivelis) or Orange-Banded Coralfish (Coradion Chrysozonus), it is possible that both species are present in local waters.