Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Chaetodontidae
Etymology: Parachaetodon: Greek, para = the side of + Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335).
It is unclear if Chaetodon oligacanthus Bleeker, 1850 is a distinct species in Parachaetodon, taking into accont that it is the type species of the genus. The species page will be created in the next update. This species is valid in Eschmeyer (CofF ver. May 2011: Ref. 86870). Please send references, or more studies are needed.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 40 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334)
Indo-Pacific: Ogasawara (Bonin) Island to Australia, also from Malaysia (Ref. 5756).
Occur in pairs on flat sand or silty bottoms on coastal reefs. Adults school in large numbers over open muddy substrates in deep water. Juveniles sometimes in large lagoons with seagrasses in depths of about 5 m or more (Ref. 48636). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Form pairs during breeding (Ref. 205).
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.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02344 (0.01118 - 0.04914), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.25 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 vulnerability (14 of 100) .