Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Sparidae
Etymology: Polysteganus: Greek, polys = a lot of + Greek, stego, stege = covered (Ref. 45335); flavodorsalis: Named for the bright yellow upper margin of the dorsal-fin membranes.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 214 - 305 m (Ref. 106993). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Indian Ocean: Cargados Carajos and Mascarene Plateau, Nazareth Bank.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 26.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 106993)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: scale rows above lateral line 6.5 and between 5th dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line 5½; pored lateral line scales 52- 53; suborbital depth obviously less than the orbit diameter (OD), 72-75% (mean 74%) of OD; dorsal-fin rays are reddish pink with bright yellow margin, anal-fin rays pinkish; no obvious lines of blue spots on body, but usually a blue iridescence in each body scale around dorsal and lateral sides of body from some angles; yellow and red membranes only on upper and lower caudal-fin lobes, respectively (these 2 colors are strongly contrasted; somewhat deeper body, 39-43 (mean 41%) of SL; without bony bulge before and above eye; its caudal fin moderately forked (Ref. 106993).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Iwatsuki, Y. and P.C. Heemstra, 2015. Redescriptions of Polysteganus coeruleopunctatus (Klunzinger 1870) and P. lineopunctatus (Boulenger 1903), with two new species from Western Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 4059(1):133-150. (Ref. 106993)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02188 (0.00998 - 0.04798), b=2.95 (2.77 - 3.13), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .