Tag: Orange-Banded Coralfish (Coradion Chrysozonus)

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

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

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/brown-ish 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.

Alan's picture
Orange-Banded Coralfish (Coradion Chrysozonus)

Another photo of what, if the references are correct, must be an Orange-Banded Coralfish (Coradion Chrysozonus) due to the presence of the prominent oscellated spot or "false eye".

The Orange-Banded Coralfish is very similar in appearance to the closely related Highfin Coralfish (Coradion Altivelis).

Alan's picture
Orange-Banded Coralfish (Coradion Chrysozonus)

The Orange-Banded Coralfish (Coradion Chrysozonus) is very similar in appearance to the closely related Highfin Coralfish (Coradion Altivelis).