Can you help ID this please?

This was caught off Perth recently. Any idea on what it is?

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protected species

Tue, 2015-10-20 21:17

 a blue devil

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Protected?

Tue, 2015-10-20 21:29

Protected? Never seen that listed anywhere before

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southern blue devil

Tue, 2015-10-20 22:30

It is a southern blue devil.seen heaps diving between bunbury and busselton under ledges in shallow

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yep western blue devil

Tue, 2015-10-20 22:36

 That's my icon pic fishy.

Their coloration can vary a lot.

Dont know about them being protected but dont understand why you'd kill it either.

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Western Blue Devilfish - Paraplesiops sinclairi

Tue, 2015-10-20 23:05

 

Similar to Southern Blue Devilfish (Paraplesiops meleagris) found on the east coast, Western Blue Devilfish are dark blue to grey with many brilliant iridescent blue spots which become more pronounced with age.  The body is moderately long, the head is bluntly rounded with a large mouth.  The elongated dorsal, anal and pelvic fins have a pale blue margin.  Adult fish have a pattern of markings on the lower part of the gill cover.

Western Blue Devilfish grow to 1.2kgs and 35cms in length.

They are popular aquarium fish. 

Western Blue Devilfish are endemic to Western Australia and found from the Recherche Archipelago to Lancelinin in rocky reef habitats in coastal, inshore waters.

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 one for the fish tank

Wed, 2015-10-21 04:19

 one for the fish tank

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Blue dev

Wed, 2015-10-21 17:23

and they love to be photographed.  Will sit there for ages