Pseudochromis kristinae Gill, 2004
Lipstick dottyback
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks), subfamily: Pseudochrominae
Max. size:  6.99 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 25 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: East Africa, Madagascar and the Comores Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-27; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 14-16; Vertebrae: 26-26. This species distinguished by the following characters: 25-27 (usually 26) segmented dorsal-fin rays; 14-16 (usually 15) segmented anal fin rays; 39-44 scales in lateral series; 29-35 anterior lateral line scales; 18-20 circumpeduncular scales; 30-33 (usually 31) total caudal-fin rays; no dark spot on opercular flap (Ref. 81967).
Biology:  Collected from coral and rock areas (Ref. 81967).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 August 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 14.08.09

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