Overview

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Biology

A rare species apparently inhabiting deeper waters of the continental shelf (Ref. 47695).
  • McKay, R.J. 2001 Haemulidae (=Pomadasyidae). Grunts (also sweetlips, hotlips, and velvetchins). p. 2961-2989. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 5. Bony fishes part 3 (Menidae to Pomacentridae). Rome, FAO. pp. 2791-3380. (Ref. 47695)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=47695&speccode=25808 External link.
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Distribution

Western Pacific: China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and New South Wales, Australia.
  • McKay, R.J. 2001 Haemulidae (=Pomadasyidae). Grunts (also sweetlips, hotlips, and velvetchins). p. 2961-2989. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 5. Bony fishes part 3 (Menidae to Pomacentridae). Rome, FAO. pp. 2791-3380. (Ref. 47695)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=47695&speccode=25808 External link.
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West Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 7
  • McKay, R.J. 2001 Haemulidae (=Pomadasyidae). Grunts (also sweetlips, hotlips, and velvetchins). p. 2961-2989. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 5. Bony fishes part 3 (Menidae to Pomacentridae). Rome, FAO. pp. 2791-3380. (Ref. 47695)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=47695&speccode=25808 External link.
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Size

Max. size

52.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 47695))
  • McKay, R.J. 2001 Haemulidae (=Pomadasyidae). Grunts (also sweetlips, hotlips, and velvetchins). p. 2961-2989. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 5. Bony fishes part 3 (Menidae to Pomacentridae). Rome, FAO. pp. 2791-3380. (Ref. 47695)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=47695&speccode=25808 External link.
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Diagnostic Description

Body color silvery to light burnished gold; dorsal fins with well defined blackish spots on interspinous membranes; adults with blackish spot on tip of each scale on back and upper sides. Body depth 3.2 tomes in SL. Head large; upper profile convex; gill cover and angle of preopercle lengthened as convex rounded lobe; gill cover extending to above 1/3 to 1/2 of pectoral fins. Mouth small; maxilla reaching to eye. Pores 2 and a median pit on chin (Ref. 47695).
  • McKay, R.J. 2001 Haemulidae (=Pomadasyidae). Grunts (also sweetlips, hotlips, and velvetchins). p. 2961-2989. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 5. Bony fishes part 3 (Menidae to Pomacentridae). Rome, FAO. pp. 2791-3380. (Ref. 47695)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=47695&speccode=25808 External link.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; brackish; marine
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Trophic Strategy

Occurs in inshore waters of the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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