Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits deep coastal drop-offs (Ref. 8631, 48635). In Java Sea, taken only in dead reef areas in somewhat turbid water (Ref. 8926). Closely related species such as P. pleurotaenia and P. bimaculatus may spawn at the same time and produce accidental hybrids (Ref. 48635).
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Distribution

Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, Maldives and Indonesia.
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Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, Réunion (Mascarenes), Maldives, Indonesia, New Caledonia; probably more widespread.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 7 - 8
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Size

Maximum size: 140 mm ---
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Max. size

14.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 8631))
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Diagnostic Description

Description

Inhabits deep coastal drop-offs (Ref. 8631). In Java Sea, taken only in dead reef areas in somewhat turbid water (Ref. 8926).
  • Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.
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Displays different or stronger color patterns when living together with similar looking species to enhance recognition by females which may lead to further speciation (Ref. 48635).
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 10 - 60 m (Ref. 48635), usually 40 - 54 m (Ref. 9710)
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Depth range based on 2 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 18 - 30
  Temperature range (°C): 28.664 - 28.664
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.594 - 0.594
  Salinity (PPS): 32.613 - 32.613
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.130 - 4.130
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.359 - 0.359
  Silicate (umol/l): 5.009 - 5.009

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 18 - 30
 
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Depth: 28 - 54m.
From 28 to 54 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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