Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 4 - 16 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical
Indo-West Pacific: Pinda, Mozambique and Seychelles (Ref. 10685), the Ogasawara, Kerama and Ishigaki islands (Ref. 43239), and Indonesia (Ref. 47567). Recently reported from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 8. Characterized by white body color with irregular brown spotting; pelvic fins slightly united medially; absence of pelvic frenum; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 22; absence of scales on head and anterior body; cycloid scales embedded on posterior half of body; depth of body 6.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Inhabits reef crevices in 4-16 m (Ref. 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E. and J. van Egmond, 1994. Marine fishes from the Seychelles: 108 new records. Zool. Verh. Leiden 297:43-83. (Ref. 10685)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.2 - 29.3, mean 28.1 (based on 2454 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00589 (0.00267 - 0.01297), b=3.09 (2.91 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.3 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) .