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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults are found around dead coral outcrops, also in rubble areas in lagoons and on the outer edge of reefs (Ref. 510). 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 Pacific: known only from the east coast of Australia - Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and New South Wales. More recently reported from Taiwan (Ref. 12711) and Ouvéa Atoll, Loyalty Islands (Ref. 13236).
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Western Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15 - 16; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 13
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Size

Maximum size: 150 mm NG
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Max. size

15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710))
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Diagnostic Description

Body color is generally dark brown with yellow or reddish suffusion on antero-dorsal part of head and body. The scales have blackish streaks near margin, giving an overall appearance of narrow transverse bands; a few small blue spots is scattered on head, breast and posteriorly on the sides. The spinous dorsal fin is reddish brown with orange submarginal band while outer edge of soft rays orange. A black spot is on the distal part of membrane between 2nd and 3rd dorsal spine. The tip of the upper caudal lobe is orange; the anterior edge of pelvic and anal fins is blue.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 - 5 m (Ref. 9710)
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Depth range based on 2 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 10 - 28

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 10 - 28
 
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Depth: 1 - 5m.
From 1 to 5 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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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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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Stegastes apicalis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Wikipedia

Stegastes apicalis

Stegastes apicalis, commonly known as the Australian gregory, is a damselfish of the family Pomacentridae. It is native to the Western Pacific where it occurs on the east coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland and New South Wales. It has also been reported from Taiwan and Ouvéa Island in the Loyalty Islands.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bailly, Nicolas (2013). "Stegastes apicalis (De Vis, 1885)". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Stegastes apicalis (De Vis, 1885):Australian gregory". FishBase. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
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