Plesiops nigricans  (Rüppell, 1828)

Whitespotted longfin
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Plesiopidae (Roundheads) > Plesiopinae
Etymology: Plesiops: Greek, plesios = near + Greek, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335);  nigricans: Specific name apparently referring to the dark color of the species.

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

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 30 m (Ref. 9710), usually 5 - 30 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 24°C - 28°C (Ref. 27115)

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Western Indian Ocean: apparently restricted to the waters of Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 17.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 11441)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults inhabit coral reefs. they hide in holes during the day (Ref. 9710). Eggs are guarded by the male parent (Ref. 205).

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Benthic spawner (Ref. 31409). Eggs are guarded by the male parent (Ref. 205).

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Mooi, R.D., 1995. Revision, phylogeny, and discussion of biology and biogeography of the fish genus Plesiops (Perciformes: Plesiopsidae). Life Sci. Contrib. No. 159, 108 p. (Ref. 27772)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Aquarium: commercial
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Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.3 - 29.3, mean 27.3 (based on 280 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01096 (0.00431 - 0.02791), b=2.98 (2.76 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.60 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .