Acanthoplesiops cappuccino Gill, Bogorodsky & Mal, 2013
Red Sea spiny basslet
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Family:  Plesiopidae (Roundheads), subfamily: Acanthoclininae
Max. size:  1.64 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 17 - 30 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 18-18; Dorsal soft rays (total): 4-4; Anal spines: 7-7; Anal soft rays: 4-4; Vertebrae: 27-27. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D XVIII,4; A VII,4; pectoral-fin rays 18; caudal fin not connected to last rays of dorsal and anal fins by membrane; caudal peduncle with a pale yellowish brown bar, which extends broadly on to caudal fin (Ref. 95091).
Biology:  This species was collected on a small reef platform (about 3 x 1 m), with small corals on sand, on steep coral reef slope. The coral slope with mixed patches of corals and caves and extended down to a depth of 30 m, becoming a sandy slope below this depth (Ref. 95091).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 20 July 2017 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 24.04.15

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