Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Pseudochromidae
(Dottybacks) > Pseudochrominae
Etymology: Pseudochromis: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335); chrysospilus: The specific epithet is from the Greek chrysos, gold, and spilos, spot, and alludes to the distinctive gold spots on the body (Ref. 88695). More on author: Gill.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 11 m (Ref. 88695). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 88695)
Morphology | Morphometrics
A species of Pseudochromis with the following combination of characters: dorsal-fin rays III,28–31; anal-fin rays III,18–19; scales in lateral series 47–52; scales below lateral-line 12–15, usually 13–14; scales on upper flank each with dark blue to dark purple basal spot; and scales on posterior part of body with gold basal spots (Ref. 88695).
Indian Ocean: Ras Qatanin Bay, SW coast of Socotra Island, Socotra Archipelago (Ref. 88695).
Apparently prefer harsh, monsoon and upwelling impacted habitats in the south and west of Socotra Island (Ref. 88695).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Gill, A.C. and U. Zajonz, 2011. Pseudochromine and pseudoplesiopine dottyback fishes from the Socotra Archipelago, Indian Ocean, with descriptions of two new species of Pseudochromis Rüppell (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Zootaxa 3106:1-23. (Ref. 88695)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates in FishBase (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .