Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults inhabit inshore areas on soft bottoms around rock outcrops, wharf pilings, weed beds, and others (Ref. 7247). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Kenya to Mozambique.
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Western Indian Ocean: East Africa (Kenya to Mozambique), east to Madagascar and Mauritius (Mascarenes).
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 12
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Size

Maximum size: 110 mm TL
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Max. size

11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4391))
  • Allen, G.R. 1986 Pomacentridae. p. 670-682. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4391)
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Diagnostic Description

Description

Inhabits inshore areas on soft bottoms around rock outcrops, wharf pilings, weed beds, etc.
  • Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 - 10 m (Ref. 7247)
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Damselfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle, Germany. 271 p. (Ref. 7247)
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Depth: 1 - 10m.
From 1 to 10 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Trophic Strategy

Inhabits inshore areas on soft bottoms around rock outcrops, wharf pilings, weed beds, etc. (Ref. 7247).
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
  • Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen 1966 Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 941 p. (Ref. 205)
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of no interest
  • Allen, G.R. 1986 Pomacentridae. p. 670-682. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4391)
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