Overview

Distribution

Red Sea, Indian Ocean: East Africa, Gulf of Aden, Seychelles and western Mascarenes east to Bali (Indonesia).
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Western Indian Ocean: Indian Ocean to the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal soft rays (total): 9 - 10; Analsoft rays: 8 - 9; Vertebrae: 17
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Size

Max. size

10.4 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 83660))
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Diagnostic Description

This species is distinguished by the following characters: Dorsal rays 9-11 (modally 9 in the Red Sea); anal rays 8-10 (modally 9); pectoral rays 15-17 (rarely 15); gill rakers 9-10; body depth between origins of dorsal and anal fins 3.15-3.6 in SL; head length (HL) 2.2-2.5 in SL; interorbital width 4.25-4.85 in HL: gill opening length 5.4-6.5 in HL; origin of anal fin below of posterior to rear base of dorsal fin, the preanal length 1.25-1.35 in SL; longest dorsal ray 2.6-2.95 in HL; preserved colour pale grey to pale tan with 3 oblique, saddle-like, brown bars on body, not extending below level of upper end of gill opening a broad dark brown band across posterior interorbital and anterior occiput; head and body dark brown dots and short lines, including ones radiating from eye and margins of brown saddles (also within saddles on Red Sea specimens); dark lines on snout behind mouth vertical; below base of pectoral fin, a dark brown spot; a midventral brown line on head and abdomen; fins pale yellowish; live color with dark dots and lines are bright blue, the caudal fin is conspicuously marked with longitudinal blue lines or rows of small blue spots and short lines, snout is often green dorsally (Ref. 83660).
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Type Information

Paratype for Canthigaster cyanospilota Randall et al.
Catalog Number: USNM 387501
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): G. Kissil
Year Collected: 1970
Locality: Northern Gulf of Aqaba, Israel, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, Indian
  • Paratype: Randall, J. E., et al. 2008. Smithiana: Bulletin. 9: 7, Pl. 2 C-H.
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Paratype for Canthigaster cyanospilota Randall et al.
Catalog Number: USNM 191710
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): E. Clark
Year Collected: 1960
Locality: Red Sea: Eylath, Gulf of Aqaba, Israel, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, Indian
  • Paratype: Randall, J. E., et al. 2008. Smithiana: Bulletin. 9: 7, Pl. 2 C-H.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

demersal; marine
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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