Chlidichthys chagosensis Gill & Edwards, 2004
Chagos dottyback
photo by Winterbottom, R.

Family:  Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks), subfamily: Pseudoplesiopinae
Max. size:  3.13 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 40 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: known only from the Chagos Archipelago.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 22-22; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 13-13. A species of Chlidichthys with the following combination of characters: predorsal scales extending to supratemporal commissure; suborbital pores 6-8, usually 7; and sensory canal of infraorbital 1 usually not continuous with adjacent infraorbital (infraorbital 3) (Ref. 57771).
Biology:  Occurs in lagoons, drop-offs, reef-tops, reef flats and intertidal reefs (Ref. 57771).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 July 2017 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 25.01.07

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