Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Pomacentridae
(Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Pomacentrus: Greek, poma, -atos = cover, operculum + Greek, kentron = sting (Ref. 45335); rodriguesensis: This species is named Pomacentrus rodriguesensis with reference to the type locality. It is probably restricted to this location as collections from other Mascarene Islands have failed to yield specimens.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 9 - 18 m (Ref. 52297). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: known only from Rodrigues Island.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 52297)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 15 - 16. Diagnosis: Dorsal rays usually XIV, 13 or 14 (one specimen with XIII, 14); anal rays usually II, 15 (one specimen with II, 12 and another with II, 16); pectoral rays usually 18 (rarely 17 or 19); tubed lateral line scales 17 or 18; gill rakers 7-8 + 12-14 (total 19-21); body depth 1.9-2.0 in SL; in life, color overall brown with darker scale margins and yellowish hue ventrally between pectoral and pelvic fin bases; dorsal fin brown with broad yellow margin; anal and caudal fins brown; pelvic fins yellow with dark brown filamentous tips; iris golden yellow.
Pomacentrus rodriguesensis is currently known only from Rodrigues. It is relatively common in the lagoon at depths between 9-18m on reefs that contain mainly Acropora corals that are affected by silt deposition. Life history characteristics for the family specify that this group is oviparous, with distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhere to the substrate (Ref. 205). Males guard and aerate the eggs (Ref. 205).
Allen, G.R. and J.E. Wright, 2003. Description of a new species of damselfish (Pomacentridae: Pomacentrus) from Rodrigues Island, Indian Ocean. J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 7(4):133-138. (Ref. 52297)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02291 (0.01103 - 0.04759), b=2.99 (2.82 - 3.16), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.7 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .