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Pomacentrus microspilus Allen & Randall, 2005

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Pomacentridae (Damselfishes) > Pomacentrinae
Etymology: Pomacentrus: Greek, poma, -atos = cover, operculum + Greek, kentron = sting (Ref. 45335);  microspilus: Name after the distinctive marking near the rear base of the dorsal fin of adults.  More on authors: Allen & Randall.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 30 m (Ref. 75750).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Fiji.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 16. This species is characterized by the following: D XIII,15; A II,16 (rarely II,15); pectoral rays usually 17 (rarely 16 or 18); tubed lateral line scales 15-18 (usually 16); gill rakers 6-7 + 15-17 = 21-24,(usually 23); body depth 1.9-2.0 in SL; color in life generally dark grey brown, also median fins; a large black spot on pectoral fin base that has a large triangular dorsal extension; upper half of eye with a fine, bluish white rim; adults usually with a small black spot near rear base of soft portion of dorsal fin, a remnant of an ocellus, which is prominent in juveniles (Ref. 75750).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Common on silt-affected coral reefs, in loose aggregations that apparently feed on zooplankton above the reef (Ref. 75750). 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).

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).

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Allen, G.R. and J.E. Randall, 2005. A new species of damselfish (Pomacentrus: Pomacentridae) from Fiji. Aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 10(3):95-101. (Ref. 75750)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 26.5 - 29.3, mean 27.7 (based on 291 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 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) .