Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pseudochromidae
(Dottybacks) > Pseudochrominae
Etymology: Pseudochromis: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); oligochrysus: Name from Greek that means 'having little gold'; referring to the “having little
gold”, alluding to the scant, though distinctive yellow markings (when viewed underwater, the yellow markings around the eye are distinctly obvious, as are the bright yellow pelvic fins. More on authors: Gill, Allen & Erdmann.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 25 - 65 m (Ref. 90102), usually 40 - ? m (Ref. 89054). Tropical
Pacific Ocean: Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 89054)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 16;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D III,25-27, usually III,26; A III,16; 16 circumpeduncular scales; 21-27 predorsal scales; horizontal scale rows above anal-fin origin 13-15 + 1 + 3 = 17-19; rounded caudal fin; upper part of pectoral-fin base with a dark spot; anterior part of body with yellow spots or markings (Ref. 89054).
Exclusively found in reefs subject to strong currents and frequent cold-water upwellings; associated with coral overhangs or large rubble pieces on hard bottom substrates. When approached, individuals retreat under the rubble or overhang (Ref. 89054).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Gill, A.C., G.R. Allen and M. Erdmann, 2012. Two new dottyback species of the genus Pseudochromis from southern Indonesia (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae). Zootaxa 3161:53-60. (Ref. 89054)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [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
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .