Diancistrus beateae Schwarzhans, Møller & Nielsen, 2005
Beate's coralbrotula
photo by W. Schwarzhans et al.

Family:  Bythitidae (Viviparous brotulas), subfamily: Brosmophycinae
Max. size:  14.9 cm TL (male/unsexed); 13.2 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 38 m
Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: Micronesia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Solomons, Vanuatu Is., Fiji, Samoa, and Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 84-91; Anal soft rays: 65-74; Vertebrae: 44-46. Diagnosis: Vertebrae 11+33-35=44-46, dorsal fin rays 84-91, anal fin rays 65-74; eyes large (2.6-3.5% SL); outer pseudoclasper massive, hook-shaped, very broad in ventral view; inner pseudoclasper stout, fleshy, not extending over anterior rim of outer pseudoclasper; broad scale patch on cheek, large scale patch on operculum continuous above and below opercular spine (Ref. 57884). Description: Characterized by depth of body at anal fin origin 17.5-23.6 (mean=21.1) % SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Maximum length of 14.9 cm TL. Solitary inhabitant of coral reef crevices, cryptic (Ref 90102). Maximum length for female 13.2 SL (Ref 57884).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 06.02.07
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 19.02.13

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