Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Serranidae
(Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) > Liopropomatinae
Etymology: Liopropoma: Greek, leio = smooth + Greek, pro = in front of + Greek, poma, -atos = cover, operculum (Ref. 45335). More on authors: Randall & Taylor.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 18 - 50 m (Ref. 48635). Tropical; 15°N - 20°S
Western Pacific: Philippines, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomons, Fiji, and Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea; also in Rowley Shoals in the eastern Indian Ocean.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334)
soft rays: 8. Easily identified by the unusual coloration. The yellow is obvious but the red looks grey when seen in natural light (Ref. 48635). Differs from L. tonstrinum by having numerous red pinstripes on its sides, a less pronounced white lateral stripe, and a serrate posterior preopercular margin (Ref. 37816).
A benthic species (Ref. 75154), generally taken from caves (Ref. 1602) with rotenone used for collection (Ref. 1602). Also a ledge dweller and secretive (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
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
): 26.2 - 28.5, mean 27.2 (based on 56 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.6 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 (12 of 100) .