Pseudochromis fuscus  Müller & Troschel, 1849

Brown dottyback
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks) > Pseudochrominae
Etymology: Pseudochromis: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch (Ref. 45335);  fuscus: Name from Latin meaning dark or dusky, referring to the dark colour form of the species..   More on author: Müller, Troschel.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 30 m (Ref. 9710), usually 3 - 25 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 27115); 26°N - 24°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48635)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-29; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 13 - 15. Various color variations from almost blackish brown to bright yellow (Ref. 48635).

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Indo-Pacific: Sri Lanka east to Vanuatu; north to at least Hong Kong and the Ryukyu Islands; south to the central coast of Western Australia and the southern Great Barrier Reef.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found among corals of subtidal lagoon and seaward reefs (Ref. 9710). Also found in crevices and ledges. Usually found in association with branching corals (e.g. Acropora and Pocillopora). Sometimes enters the aquarium fish trade (Ref. 37748). Has been reared in captivity (Ref. 35413). Solitary (Ref 90102).

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Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. (Ref. 2334)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00490 (0.00185 - 0.01298), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.