Teleostei (teleosts) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pseudochromidae
(Dottybacks) > Pseudochrominae
Etymology: Pictichromis: Name from Latin pictus meaning painted or colored, and Greek Chromis, a genus of pomacentrid, used as the stem for other fish genera; alludes to the bright live colorations of the included species (Ref. 81967).
More on authors: Lubbock & Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 30 m (Ref. 9710), usually 5 - 25 m (Ref. 27115). Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Peninsular Malaysia, the Philippines and northern Borneo.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)
Found in sheltered reefs with rich coral growth (Ref. 48635). Small groups are found among coral or rocks. Minimum depth reported from Ref. 27115. In aquarium settings, this species behaves aggressively towards other fishes (Ref. 125723).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
In the aquarium, mature male swims near a female to start courtship. After a while, the female is lured into the breeding cave arranged by the male (Ref. 125723).
Allen, G.R., A.C. Gill and M.V. Erdmann, 2008. A new species of Pictichromis (Pisces: Pseudochromidae) from western New Guinea with a rediscription of P. aurifrons,. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 13(3-4):145-154. (Ref. 74963)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 28 - 29, mean 28.6 °C (based on 212 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00490 (0.00188 - 0.01275), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.50 se; based on food items.
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).