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Diplogrammus paucispinis  Fricke & Bogorodsky, 2014

Saudi Arabian dragonet
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Callionymidae (Dragonets)
Etymology: Diplogrammus: Greek, diploos = twice + Greek, gramma = mark, signal (Ref. 45335);  paucispinis: Name refers to the low number of spinules on the dorsal margin of the preopercular spine (when compared with other species of the genus Diplogrammus, except the pygmy species Diplogrammus pygmaeus.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 8 m (Ref. 96762).   Tropical

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Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 96762); 4.0 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8; Anal soft rays: 7. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D IV, 8; A 7; presence of free opercular flap of skin and branches of lateral line; preopercular spine with an upcurved main tip, first dorsal fin with a filament in males, none in females; first spine significantly longer than the second and third, and first ray of the second dorsal fin in males; in both sexes, caudal fin elongate and pointed; body below ventrolateral fold of skin color white or yellowish; anal fin of males translucent with broadly black margin; no bluish lines on head and/or body in males except for a short oblique blue bar at corner of mouth (Ref. 96762).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in shallow waters, on coral gravel or silty sand bottom near coral reefs (Ref. 96762)

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Fricke, Ronald | Collaborators

Fricke, R., S.V. Bogorodsky and A.O. Mal, 2014. Review of the genus Diplogrammus (Teleostei: Callionymidae) of the Red Sea, with description of a new species from Saudi Arabia. J. Nat. Hist. 48(39-40):2419-2448. (Ref. 96762)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .