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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Adults occur in shallow protected areas (Ref. 4391). 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. 1986 Pomacentridae. p. 670-682. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4391)
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Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Mozambique.
  • Allen, G.R. 1986 Pomacentridae. p. 670-682. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4391)
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Analspines: 2; Analsoft rays: 11 - 12
  • Allen, G.R. 1986 Pomacentridae. p. 670-682. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4391)
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Size

Max. size

10.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4391))
  • Allen, G.R. 1986 Pomacentridae. p. 670-682. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4391)
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Diagnostic Description

Description

Occurs in shallow protected areas (Ref. 4391).
  • Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.
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Dusky dark grey with 3 violet spots above pectoral fins; spots also above eye, on opercle and preopercle; cheek and snout with violet sheen; dark bar across pectoral base; edge of spinous dorsal with a light blue submarginal line (Ref. 4391). Juveniles bluish with a blue line from snout to eye (Ref. 4391).
  • Allen, G.R. 1986 Pomacentridae. p. 670-682. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4391)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine
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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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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of no interest
  • Allen, G.R. 1986 Pomacentridae. p. 670-682. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 4391)
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