Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus

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Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Haemulidae
Genus: Plectorhinchus
Species: P. caeruleonothus
Binomial name
Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus

Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus, the blue bastard, is a species of grunt discovered in Australia. The fish is blue when adult. It is found in north Australia and was previously considered to be legendary[1] which existed only in fishermen tales.[2] The fish is very difficult to catch.[3] Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus was identified through several features unique to it, such as a distinctive pattern on juveniles and small nostrils.[4] The fish likely evolved its tough ways to survive the many sharks and crocodiles that share its habitat in reef waters off northern Australia.[5]


  1. ^ "'Blue bastard': newly recognised fish is blue when adult and 'a bastard to catch'". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "Meet the Blue Bastard". Daily Mail.
  3. ^ "Newsmaker: the blue bastard, a new fish species". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ "Blue bastard: Sweetlips fish that fights its rivals with kisses discovered in Australia". Yahoo.
  5. ^ "Tough New Fish 'Blue Bastard' Inhabits Shark-Infested Waters".