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Biology

Adults usually on kelp, on which they deposit their eggs, which are guarded by the male, although the female is often present as well (Ref. 9002). Often on ascidians or sponges in deep water, probably depositing eggs on algae nearby (Ref. 9002). Often observed cleaning boxfishes, porcupine fishes and morwongs (Ref. 9002).
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Distribution

Southwest Pacific: New South Wales and eastern Victoria, Australia.
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Australia.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 5 - 6; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 4 - 6
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Size

Maximum size: 55 mm TL
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Max. size

5.5 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9002))
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Diagnostic Description

Caudal fin rounded (Ref. 9002). Pelvic fins united into moderate-sized double sucking-disc, posterior half with a fleshy fringe (Ref. 9002). Greenish-yellow to orange with small scattered dark spots to larger red spots, variable in density; iridescent blue dashes or lines dorsally and across sides over head and body (Ref. 9002).
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

demersal; marine; depth range 3 - 40 m (Ref. 9002)
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Depth: 3 - 40m.
From 3 to 40 meters.

Habitat: demersal.
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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