Longtail Dottyback (species: Oxycercichthys veliferus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Oxycercichthys veliferus
Longtail Dottyback

©Anne Hoggett: Oxycercichthys veliferus male about 10 cm long at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island (16 Jan 2016)

©Anne Hoggett: Oxycercichthys veliferus at Pidgin Point,Lizard Island (16 Jan 2016), blue patch at front of dorsal fin shows it's a male.

©Graham Edgar: Oxycercichthys veliferus at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pseudochromidae
Genus Oxycercichthys
Species Oxycercichthys veliferus



Distinguishing features

A elongate sinuous body and distinctive pointed tail. Males are pinkish grey with blue grey upper head, yellowish tail and anal fins and a distinct blue patch at front of dorsal fin. Females have a yellowish head and blueish tail and anal fins.


  • Up to 12 cm (Length according to Allen et al (2003))

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Lubbock, R. (1980). Five new basslets of the genus Pseudochromis (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae) from the Indo-Australian archipelago, Revue suisse Zool., 87(3): 821-834. LIRS catalog number 147.