Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits coloured, large floppy or fan sponges, usually in depths greater than 10 meters. Found on the underside of the sponges (Ref. 48637).
  • Kailola, P.J. 1991 The fishes of Papua New Guinea: a revised and annotated checklist. Vol. III. Gobiidae to Molidae. Research Bulletin No. 41, Research Section, Dept. of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Papua New Guinea. 153 p. (Ref. 6771)
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Distribution

Indo-West Pacific: Maldives (Ref. 30829) to Indonesia (Ref. 8631) and Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6771).
  • Kailola, P.J. 1991 The fishes of Papua New Guinea: a revised and annotated checklist. Vol. III. Gobiidae to Molidae. Research Bulletin No. 41, Research Section, Dept. of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Papua New Guinea. 153 p. (Ref. 6771)
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Indo-West Pacific.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8 - 9; Analspines: 1; Analsoft rays: 6 - 9
  • Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann 2012 Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research. (Ref. 90102)
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Size

Max. size

4.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637))
  • Kuiter, R.H. and T. Tonozuka 2001 Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 3. Jawfishes - Sunfishes, Opistognathidae - Molidae. Zoonetics, Australia. p. 623-893. (Ref. 48637)
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Diagnostic Description

Characterized by generally with yellow to pinkish hue, scale margins faint and dark; series of internal brown dash-like markings along vertebral column; ventral side of body with seven brown spots; side of snout white stripe; longitudinal scale series 23-27; side of nape scaled; opening of gill restricted to pectoral fin-base; elongated body; depth of body at anus6.2-8.3 in SL (Ref 90102).
  • Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann 2012 Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research. (Ref. 90102)
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Type Information

Paratype for Pleurosicya elongata Larson
Catalog Number: USNM 210068
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): V. Springer & M. Gomon
Year Collected: 1973
Locality: Indonesia, Saparua Off Kampungmahu, Indonesia, Moluccas, Pacific
Depth (m): 14 to 17
  • Paratype: Larson, H. K. 1990. The Beagle, Records of the Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences. 7 (1): 22.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 10 - 40 m (Ref. 90102)
  • Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann 2012 Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research. (Ref. 90102)
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Depth range based on 4 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 10 - 30

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 10 - 30
 
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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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