Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Centrarchiformes
(Basses) > Microcanthidae
Etymology: Microcanthus: Greek, mikros = small + Greek akantha = thorn (Ref. 45335); joyceae: Named for Joyce K. Allan, who provided Whitley with illustrations of this species for his original description; noun in the genitive case.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 5 m (Ref. 123714). Subtropical
Western Pacific: eastern coast of Australia (southern QLD to NS W); New Caledonia, Lord Howe Island, and Norfolk Island.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.2 cm male/unsexed; (Ref. 123714)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 13 - 14. This species is distinguished by the following: fifth body stripe relatively straight, without an inflection; no spots and short dashes on the breast and lower body (Ref. 123714).
Juveniles and young adults are often seen in rock pools and rocky shores to 5 meters. Adults are more commonly seen near rocky reefs, but are also common in harbours, embankments, and under piers, where they occur in large groups (Ref. 123714).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tea, Y.K. and A.C. Gill, 2020. Systematic reappraisal of the anti-equatorial fish genus Microcanthus Swainson (Teleostei: Microcanthidae), with redescription and resurrection of Microcanthus joyceae Whitley. Zootaxa 4802(1):41-60. (Ref. 123714)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .