Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 50 m (Ref. 13227). Temperate
Southwest Pacific: around mainland New Zealand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13227)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 24 - 29;
soft rays: 24 - 27;
Vertebrae: 42 - 46. Body elongated, laterally compressed posteriorly; mouth strongly angled upward; notched scales absent; short, distally complex gill rakers, body yellow with a broad, black stripe extending along upper side of body. Discontinuous lateral line with 16-22 tubular scales. Anterior 2 spines of first dorsal fin shorter than remainder, which are of equal length. No sensory papillae on frontal, temporal and upper part of otic areas. Post-temporal partially serrated. Dorsal fin formula V-0N-0-1-0-1. Ten procurrent rays in both upper and lower caudal lobes; in the upper lobe, 1 procurrent ray between upper lobe and posterior epural, 3 rays opposite posterior epural, 1 ray between posterior and anterior epurals. Two opposite anterior epural, 1 opposite neural spine of second preural vertebra; in lower lobe, 3 rays opposite haemal spine of second preural vertebra, 4 rays between haemal spines of second and third preural vertebra, 2 rays opposite haemal spine of third preural vertebra and 1 anterior haemal spine of third preural vertebra.
Adults are found over rocky reefs at depths of 1- 50 m (Ref. 13227) and usually seen schooling up to 5 m above substratum, although often seen resting in crevices (Ref. 84085).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fricke, R., 1994. Tripterygiid fishes of Australia, New Zealand and the southwest Pacific Ocean (Teleostei). Theses Zool. 24:1-585. (Ref. 13227)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 14.4 - 16.6, mean 16 °C (based on 26 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00550 (0.00295 - 0.01024), b=3.11 (2.94 - 3.28), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 77.7 [33.4, 185.1] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.436 [0.217, 0.843] mg/100g ; Protein = 19.1 [17.7, 20.3] % ; Omega3 = 0.322 [0.145, 0.753] g/100g ; Selenium = 8.21 [2.81, 23.11] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 53.4 [10.4, 257.3] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.18 [0.69, 2.02] mg/100g (wet weight);