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Pentapodus komodoensis Allen & Erdmann, 2012

Komodo whiptail
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Nemipteridae (Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams)
Etymology: Pentapodus: Greek, pente = five + Greek, pous = feet (Ref. 45335);  komodoensis: Named for type locality, Komodo Islands.

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

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 12 - 25 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Indonesia (Komodo Island),

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7; Vertebrae: 24. This species is distinguished by the following characters: caudal fin lobes without filamentous extensions, slightly emarginated; eye diameter is greater than snout diameter; predorsal scales reaching forward to almost level of anterior edge of eye and well behind posterior nostril openings; naked suborbital; 1-2 rows of small scales on lower limb of preopercle; lateral line scales 44 (including tubed scale on caudal-fin base); pectoral-fin rays 16. Colour of snout and forehead dull yellow, eye with iridescent blue band below, iris bright yellow, brown color on upper back, bluish along ventral head and body with broad, posteriorly tapering, golden yellow stripe on side (brownish margins), narrow blue stripe from forehead to base of dorsal fin until upper surface of caudal peduncle, semi-translucent fins; juveniles overall sky blue in color with a pair of bright yellow stripes meeting at the snout, an upper and narrow one extending along back to end of dorsal fin and a wider midlateral stripe to base of caudal fin (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in small schools, 20-30 individuals, over rubble slopes at 12-25 m depth (Ref. 90102).

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Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research. (Ref. 90102)

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

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5002   [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):  3.4   ±0.5 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 (13 of 100) .