Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154). Associated with dendrophyllid corals and the coral Galaxea musicalis (Ref. 1602, 37816). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205).
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Distribution

Eastern Indian Ocean: off Sumatra, Indonesia and from Western Australia. Western Central Pacific: Palau.
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Eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 55 mm SL
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Max. size

5.5 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 1602))
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Diagnostic Description

Dorsal fin, pectoral fins, and elongate snout are lost upon metamorphosis to demersal stage. Rings: 17+44-46.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 10 m (Ref. 1602)
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 2.5925 - 2.5925
  Temperature range (°C): 28.954 - 28.954
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.099 - 0.099
  Salinity (PPS): 34.131 - 34.131
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.525 - 4.525
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.113 - 0.113
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.579 - 1.579
 
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Depth: 1 - 10m.
From 1 to 10 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Male carries the eggs in a brood pouch (Ref. 205).
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Conservation

Threats

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