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Trichonotus elegans  Shimada & Yoshino, 1984

Long-rayed sand-diver
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Trichonotidae (Sanddivers)
Etymology: Trichonotus: Greek, thrix = hair + Greek, noton = back (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 40 m (Ref. 90102).   Subtropical

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Western Indian Ocean: Maldives (Ref. 30829). Western Pacific: Indonesia to Fiji, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the Coral Sea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 559)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 43-45; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 39 - 42. Identified by the long filaments on the dorsal fin of the male (Ref. 48636). Body scaleless above and below lateral line on anterior half (Ref 12934).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in coastal reef slopes and deep outer reef lagoons in current channels. Usually in large groups with several large males (Ref. 48636). Inhabits sand-rubble bottoms (Ref. 90102). Found hovering above sandy slopes. Usually forms a harem of one male-phase fish and about a dozen female-phase fish (Ref. 37240). Normally buried when no current is running (Ref. 48636).

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Shimada, K. and T. Yoshino, 1984. A new trichonotid fish from the Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Jap. J. Ichthyol. 31(1):15-22. (Ref. 37240)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.6 - 28.8, mean 27.4 (based on 184 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5020   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .