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Biology

Common in and outside the coelacanth caves during the day, and at night it usually ascends to the coral reef at depths of 3-20 m (Ref. 58472).
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Distribution

Atlantic: 44.9°N, 63.2°W
  • North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
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Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Comoros, and Reunion. Also southern Oman (Ref. 11441), Somalia (Ref. 30573), and the Maldives (Ref. 11303).
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Red Sea, Western Indian Ocean: Comores to Réunion (western Mascarenes) and Maldives.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 2 - 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16 - 18; Anal spines: 1 - 2; Analsoft rays: 13 - 14
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Size

Max. size

11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 11441))
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Diagnostic Description

Dark brown to grey-black in color (Ref. 2261).
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Ecology

Habitat

nektonic
  • North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
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Environment

reef-associated; marine
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 60 - 60
  Temperature range (°C): 26.321 - 26.321
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.239 - 0.239
  Salinity (PPS): 35.027 - 35.027
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.708 - 4.708
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.194 - 0.194
  Silicate (umol/l): 4.547 - 4.547
 
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Trophic Strategy

Common in and outside the coelacanth caves during the day, and at night it usually ascends to the coral reef at depths of 3-20 m.
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Conservation

Threats

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