Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults inhabit inshore coral reefs (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).
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Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, south to Madagascar and the east African coast at least as far south as Kenya.
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Red Sea, Western Indian Ocean: Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf) and East Africa to Madagascar.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13 - 15; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 14 - 15
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Size

Maximum size: 110 mm NG
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Max. size

12.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 11441))
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Type Information

Paratype for Pomacentrus aquilus Allen & Randall
Catalog Number: USNM 215159
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): V. Springer et al.
Year Collected: 1969
Locality: Ethiopia, Red Sea, North End of Isola Delemme Just E. of Ras Coral., Delemmi, Eritrea, Dahlak Archipelago, Red Sea, Indian
Depth (m): 3
  • Paratype: Allen, G. R. & Randall, J. E. 1980. Israel Journal of Zoology. 29 (1-3): 68.
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Paratype for Pomacentrus aquilus Allen & Randall
Catalog Number: USNM 215157
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): V. Springer, A. Levy & L. Hughes-Gannes
Year Collected: 1969
Locality: Israel, Gulf of Aqaba, between Marset Mahash El Ala and Marset Abu Samra - 32 km as road goes south of Marine Lab., Egypt, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, Indian
Depth (m): 3.5
  • Paratype: Allen, G. R. & Randall, J. E. 1980. Israel Journal of Zoology. 29 (1-3): 68.
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Paratype for Pomacentrus aquilus Allen & Randall
Catalog Number: USNM 216476
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): H. Fehlmann et al.
Year Collected: 1964
Locality: East Africa: Kenya, Andromache Reef just south of entrance to Port Kilindini of Mombasa Harbor, off Ras Mwa Kisenge, Kenya, Mombasa Harbor, Indian
Depth (m): 1.1
Vessel: Anton Bruun
  • Paratype: Allen, G. R. & Randall, J. E. 1980. Israel Journal of Zoology. 29 (1-3): 68.
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Paratype for Pomacentrus aquilus Allen & Randall
Catalog Number: USNM 216477
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): J. Rudloe
Year Collected: 1964
Locality: Nossi Be, Madagascar; Ambariobe Bay, Madagascar, Indian
  • Paratype: Allen, G. R. & Randall, J. E. 1980. Israel Journal of Zoology. 29 (1-3): 68.
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Paratype for Pomacentrus aquilus Allen & Randall
Catalog Number: USNM 215158
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): H. Fehlmann
Year Collected: 1965
Locality: U.A.R.: Red Sea, Strait of Jubal, bay on NW end of Giftun Al Kebir Island ca. 3 miles east of Franken Pt., Hurghada.., Egypt, Strait of Jubal, Red Sea, Indian
Depth (m): 2
Vessel: Anton Bruun
  • Paratype: Allen, G. R. & Randall, J. E. 1980. Israel Journal of Zoology. 29 (1-3): 68.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 0 - 15 m (Ref. 7247)
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Depth range based on 15 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 7 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 1 - 10.7
  Temperature range (°C): 26.151 - 27.360
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.048 - 3.114
  Salinity (PPS): 34.960 - 36.032
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.462 - 4.683
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.163 - 0.546
  Silicate (umol/l): 3.045 - 4.277

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 1 - 10.7

Temperature range (°C): 26.151 - 27.360

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.048 - 3.114

Salinity (PPS): 34.960 - 36.032

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.462 - 4.683

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.163 - 0.546

Silicate (umol/l): 3.045 - 4.277
 
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Depth: 0 - 15m.
Recorded at 15 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated. Inhabits inshore coral reefs.
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Trophic Strategy

Inhabits inshore coral reefs (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).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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