Pempheris vanicolensis  Cuvier, 1831

Vanikoro sweeper
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Pempheridae (Sweepers)
Etymology: Pempheris: Greek, pempheris = the name of a fish (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Cuvier.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 25 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical; 26°N - 32°S, 92°E - 170°W

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Indo-West Pacific: Andaman Sea and western Pacific (unpublished data). Not in Mediterranean: Previous reports of Pempheris vanicolensis in the Mediterranean were misidentifications for Pempheris mangula (Ref. 95675).

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2272)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 31 - 43. Usually with greenish shine over the back and most of the head. Anal fin with distinctly black margin, black dorsal fin tip, and pectoral fins yellow without black basal spot (Ref. 48636). Body depth 2.2-2.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits shallow rocky and coral reefs (Ref. 9710).

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Kailola, P.J., 1987. The fishes of Papua New Guinea: a revised and annotated checklist. Vol. II Scorpaenidae to Callionymidae. Research Bulletin No. 41, Research Section, Dept. of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Papua New Guinea. (Ref. 6192)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 25.3 - 29.3, mean 28.6 (based on 2257 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01288 (0.00652 - 0.02547), b=2.97 (2.78 - 3.16), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.47 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .