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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults inhabit inshore and offshore 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).
  • Allen, G.R. and A.R. Emery 1985 A review of the Pomacentrid fishes of the genus Stegastes from the Indo-Pacific, with descriptions of two new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (3):31. (Ref. 510)
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Distribution

Pacific Ocean: New Caledonia and the Gilbert, Line, Phoenix, Samoa, Tuamoto, and Marquesas island groups.
  • Allen, G.R. and A.R. Emery 1985 A review of the Pomacentrid fishes of the genus Stegastes from the Indo-Pacific, with descriptions of two new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (3):31. (Ref. 510)
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Western Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15 - 16; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 12
  • Allen, G.R. and A.R. Emery 1985 A review of the Pomacentrid fishes of the genus Stegastes from the Indo-Pacific, with descriptions of two new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (3):31. (Ref. 510)
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Size

Maximum size: 110 mm NG
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Max. size

11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710))
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Diagnostic Description

Body color is yellow. The pectoral, caudal and the rear edge of dorsal and anal fins are sometimes translucent with suffusion of yellow. The upper part of head and the antero-dorsal region of body brownish yellow. There is a pale blue band right below the eye connected with a band of same color running along side of snout. The lips are pale gray or brown. The base of uppermost pectoral ray has a small black spot; dorsal edge of the caudal peduncle, with a black saddle, about size of the eye or smaller.
  • Allen, G.R. and A.R. Emery 1985 A review of the Pomacentrid fishes of the genus Stegastes from the Indo-Pacific, with descriptions of two new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (3):31. (Ref. 510)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 - 5 m (Ref. 9710)
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 4.575 - 4.575
  Temperature range (°C): 28.049 - 28.049
  Nitrate (umol/L): 1.204 - 1.204
  Salinity (PPS): 34.625 - 34.625
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.605 - 4.605
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.351 - 0.351
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.498 - 1.498
 
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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).
  • 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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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Stegastes aureus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
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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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Wikipedia

Stegastes aureus

The golden gregory, Stegastes aureus, is a damselfish of the family Pomacentridae native to islands in the tropical Pacific Ocean, its range including New Caledonia, the Gilbert Islands, Line Island, Phoenix Island, Samoa, the Tuamotu Archipelago, and the Marquesas Islands. It is found on coral reefs at depths ranging from 1 to 5 m (3 ft 3 in to 16 ft 5 in).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bailly, Nicolas (2013). "Stegastes aureus (Fowler, 1927)". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Stegastes aureus (Fowler, 1927): Golden gregory". FishBase. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
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