Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 6 - 175 m (Ref. 13628). Tropical
Western Central Atlantic: Bahamas and the Greater Antilles to northern South America. Also St. Johns, Virgin Islands (Ref. 50108).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Inhabits rich coral tops of drop-offs (Ref. 9710) to at least 175 m. Associated with Condylactis gigantea (Ref. 9710).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Wiliams, J.T. and J.H. Mounts, 2003. Descriptions of six new Caribbean fish species in the genus Starksia (Labrisomidae). aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 6(4):145-164. (Ref. 50108)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 23.3 - 27.6, mean 26.3 °C (based on 82 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00490 (0.00199 - 0.01208), b=3.09 (2.87 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .