Parupeneus seychellensis (Smith & Smith, 1963)
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Family:  Mullidae (Goatfishes)
Max. size:  23 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 12 - 15 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Gul fof Aqaba, Bahrain, Seychelles and Tanzania.
Diagnosis:  This species is characterized by the following: 16 pectoral-fin rays; gill rakers 6 + 18-21; body depth 3.1-3.5 in SL; head length 3.0-3.15 in SL; snout length 1.8-1.95 in HL; interorbital space convex length of barbels 1.2-1.35 in HL; depth of maxilla 5.2- 5.5 in HL; longest dorsal spine 1.6-1.75 in HL; pectoral fin length 1.25-1.35 in HL; pelvic-fin length 1.35-1.5 in HL; alcohol-preserved color tan, with an indistinct midlateral yellowish brown stripe on body, beginning as broad as eye above pectoral-fin base, narrowing posteriorly, then broadening on caudal peduncle (stripe not present in life); noteworthy is the striped pattern dorsally on the body from a red spot on each scale of the first three longitudinal scale rows (Ref. 82838).
Biology:  Collected from an isolated patch of rock and coral, with sponges and much sand (Ref. 82838).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 18.12.09

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