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Biology

Inhabits very silty to muddy sand patches near rocks and corals. Occurs only in turbid near-shore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Feeds on small invertebrates, particularly copepods by sifting sand.
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Distribution

Western Central Pacific: known only from northern Australia, from Shark Bay, Western Australia to Decapolis Reef, Queensland.
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Australia.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 74 mm SL
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Max. size

7.4 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 8527))
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Type Information

Paratype for Valenciennea alleni Hoese & Larson
Catalog Number: USNM 258667
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): Australian Museum, Sydney & Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Year Collected: 1979
Locality: Halfway Island, NNW Face, Cape York Pen., Qld. Coral, Silty Sand., Queensland, Australia, Pacific
Depth (m): 4 to 9
  • Paratype: Hoese, D. F. & Larson, H. K. 1994. Indo-Pacific Fishes. No. 23: 13.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 9 m
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Depth range based on 2 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 6.5 - 6.5
 
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Depth: 2 - 9m.
From 2 to 9 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated. Inhabits very silty to muddy sand patches near rocks and corals. Occurs only in turbid near-shore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Feeds on small invertebrates, particularly copepods by sifting sand.
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Trophic Strategy

Inhabits very silty to muddy sand patches near rocks and corals. Occurs only in turbid near-shore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Feeds on small invertebrates, particularly copepods by sifting sand.
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Conservation

Threats

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