Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

A common species found in small aggregations around corals (Ref. 9710).
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Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Tanzania, Mozambique, Seychelles, and India. Absence of the species elsewhere in the Indian Ocean, is probably due to inadequate sampling. Absence from the Gulf of Aqaba and Persian Gulf may be the result of competition with lachneri and persicus, respectively.
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Red Sea, Western Indian Ocean: East Africa and Seychelles east to Pakistan.
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

18.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710))
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Diagnostic Description

Color in life pale brown with 13-16 dark brown stripes. In large fish, dorsal stripes may be irregular. A small dark spot encircled by yellow area on caudal peduncle. Spot sometimes expanded to form a dark brown bar around caudal peduncle. Distinct snow white bar between dark caudal spot (or bar) and posterior ends of body stripes. First dorsal fin dusky to dark brown. Other fins pale (in young) to dusky (in adults), but never as dark as first dorsal fin. Snout somewhat darker than body (Ref 8525).
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 25 m
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Depth range based on 2 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 23 - 25
  Temperature range (°C): 26.173 - 26.173
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.382 - 0.382
  Salinity (PPS): 35.263 - 35.263
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.677 - 4.677
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.099 - 0.099
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.604 - 1.604

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 23 - 25
 
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Trophic Strategy

Found in corals or in caves (Ref. 9137).
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Mouthbrooders (Ref. 240). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning (Ref. 205).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Cheilodipterus arabicus

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

Threats

Not Evaluated
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