Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pseudochromidae
(Dottybacks) > Pseudochrominae
Etymology: Pictichromis: Name from Latin pictus meaning painted or colored, and Greek Chromis, a genus of pomacentrid, used as the stem for other fish genera; alludes to the bright live colorations of the included species (Ref. 81967).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 65 m (Ref. 9710), usually 0 - 15 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 30°N - 15°S
Western Pacific: Philippines to Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to Moluccas and Admiralty Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
Hovers above coral or rubble and inhabits steep outer reef slopes and outer channel walls. Solitary or in small, loosely scattered groups at base of steep dropoffs (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.5 - 29.4, mean 28.7 °C (based on 1230 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00501 (0.00191 - 0.01317), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.50 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 207 [112, 450] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.913 [0.539, 1.595] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.7 [17.6, 19.8] % ; Omega3 = 0.134 [0.073, 0.245] g/100g ; Selenium = 26.1 [12.3, 53.3] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 143 [49, 405] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.12 [1.38, 3.24] mg/100g (wet weight);