Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Labridae
Etymology: Paracheilinus: Greek, para = the side of + Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335); walton: Named for the Walton Family Foundation; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 18 - 45 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical
Western Pacific: Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75887); 3.9 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9. This species is distinct in having the following characters: pored lateral-line scales 15 + 5; gill rakers 13-14; body depth 3.0-3.4 in SL; dorsal soft rays 3-4, of males prolonged as relatively broad filaments that curve posteriorly when erected during courtship; strongly lunate caudal fin; pelvic fins in males 1.7-1.9 in HL and females 2.3 in HL; color of males overall orange-red with 4 sky-blue stripes on upper two-thirds of side and trio of similar narrow stripes/bands on head; courting males with white dorsal fin, contrasting strongly with adjacent zone of intense red (black when viewed underwater) along upper back; anal fin mainly yellow orange, its margin bright blue; caudal fin with broad blue horizontal streaks, margin pale; pelvic fins yellow orange, bright blue anterior margin (Ref. 75887).
The area of collection (type locality) has a flat, low profile bottom at the base of a gentle (approximately 30°) slope at 34 m depth; substrate consisted of a dense mixture of spindly, branched Seriatopora hystrix coral (Pocilloporidae) and Halimeda alga. Numerous groups of this species were observed, each containing about 1-3 males and up to about 20 females. Courtship activities were common with males continuously 'flashing' a short distance above the bottom (Ref. 75887).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2006. Paracheilinus walton, a new species of flasherwrasse (Perciformes: Labridae) from Papua, Indonesia with a key to the species of Paracheilinus. Aqua Int. J. Ichthyol. 12(1):11-18. (Ref. 75887)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 27.9 - 29.2, mean 28.6 (based on 18 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00490 - 0.02135), b=3.05 (2.87 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 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 (10 of 100) .