Classification / Names
Common names from other countries
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 14.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4391); common length : 9.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5450)
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 1 - 12 m (Ref. 7247)
Climate / Range
Tropical, preferred ?; 30°N - 30°S
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Line, Marquesas, and Tuamoto islands, north to the Ryukyu and Bonin islands, south to New Caledonia and Tonga; throughout Micronesia. Excluding the Hawaiian Islands (Ref. 7247). Hawaiian population refers to Stegastes marginatus (Ref. 86689).
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions
soft rays: 12 - 14. Diagnosis: Adults generally brown; dorsal part of head and nape darker, grading to tan on lower part of head and breast. The scales have darker brown margins. The lips are whitish lips; the suborbital is mostly blue; the preopercle and opercle scales with blue centers. The median and pelvic fins are brown; the pectorals are dusky; a well-defined dark brown or blackish spot is sometimes present at base of posteriormost dorsal rays, which distinguishes it from S. lividus where the spot is diffuse. Males in courtship or guarding eggs with broad white bar across middle of body and pale blue stripe from mouth to upper part of pectoral fin (Ref. 510).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: public aquariums
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index
PD50 = 0.5000 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)
2.2 ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=0.5-1.1)
Low vulnerability (13 of 100)