Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pseudochromidae
(Dottybacks) > Pseudochrominae
Etymology: Oxycercichthys: Name is a combination of the Greek oxys for sharp, kerkos for tail and ichthys for fish; alludes to the distinct caudal-fin shape..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 12 - 50 m (Ref. 81967), usually 12 - 35 m (Ref. 27115). Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Occurs inshore (Ref. 7300). Found around rock and coral formations on sandy bottoms (Ref. 9710).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen and J.E. Hanley, 1989. Pisces. Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Vol. 7. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 665 p. (Ref. 7300)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.2 - 27, mean 26.2 °C (based on 40 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00501 (0.00191 - 0.01317), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±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 (22 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 125 [73, 246] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.736 [0.441, 1.197] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.8 [17.8, 19.8] % ; Omega3 = 0.121 [0.073, 0.204] g/100g ; Selenium = 30 [16, 57] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 119 [43, 304] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.74 [1.19, 2.52] mg/100g (wet weight);