Pseudochromis colei Herre, 1933
False Bandit Dottyback
False Bandit Dottyback
Pseudochromis colei
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks), subfamily: Pseudochrominae
Max. size:  4.1 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 18 - 35 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Philippines.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 24-24; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 14-15; Vertebrae: 26-26. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: palatine tooth patches inserted medially behind vomerine tooth patch; 16 circumpeduncular scales; upper part of body with dark longitudinal stripe extending from middle of upper lip through eye above anterior lateral line to mid-upper caudal-fin rays (Ref. 89094). Description: Characterized by mainly white color with dark brown stripe from snout through eye, extending along upper back to upper caudal fin; anterior lateral line scales 28-29; predorsal scales 16; depth of body 29.0 % of SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Specimens of this species were collected in 22 m depth at the bottom of a current- swept channel with strong coastal influences (it has relatively low visibility and otherwise silty conditions). Individuals were associated with low rocky outcrops covered with sea fans (Ref. 89094).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 02 March 2017 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Type locality: Culion Island. Known Culion (Culion Island, Calamianes Group) and extended to north eastern Palawan on the basis of two specimens collected in Imorigue Channel (Ref. 89094). Also Ref. 90102.

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