Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ovalentaria/misc
() > Pseudochromidae
(Dottybacks) > Pseudochrominae
Etymology: Pseudochromis: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); punctatus: Name from Latin 'punctum' for dot; referring to the dorsal- and anal-fin coloration (Ref. 81967).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 65 m (Ref. 81967). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: Somalia and Juzor al Hallaniyat (Kuria Muria Islands), Western Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 11441)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 15;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished from its congeners by having the following characters: head and body grey to black dorsally; brownish yellow to pale pink or whitish ventrally, the 2 separated by a yellow stripe; dorsal and anal fins with dark brown to black spots; 26 segmented dorsal-fin rays and 15 for anal-fin rays; 17-19 (usually 18) pectoral-fin rays; horizontal scale rows above anal-fin origin 12-14 + 1 + 2-3 = 16-18; anterior lateral line scales 32-35; posterior 5-11 + 0-2; predorsal scales 16-20 (Ref. 81967, 11441).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E., 1995. Coastal fishes of Oman. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 439 p. (Ref. 11441)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.2 - 27.9, mean 26.7 °C (based on 76 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (20 of 100) .