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); cerasinus: Named for its cherry blossom colour.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range ? - 127 m (Ref. 106993). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Indian Ocean: Mascarene Plateau, Saya de Malha Bank.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.4 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 6½ and between 5th dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line 4½; pored lateral-line scales 49; suborbital depth is clearly less than orbit diameter (OD), 60% OD; without lines of blue spots on body; dorsal-fin rays are reddish pink but yellowish membranes of both pinkish dorsal-fin and caudal-fin fin lobes; absence of blue iridescence on body but bright whitish iridescence on each body scale of lateral side of bright pinkish body; deep body 43% SL; without bony bulge before and above eye; pinkish upper and lower caudal-fin as well as rear pinkish margin of the caudal fin with yellowish hyaline membrane of most of caudal fin with no whitish upper and lower margins; rear margin of membrane of branchiostegal rays is yellow, with yellow hue on some body scales just above upper pectoral-fin base; caudal fin is moderately forked (Ref. 106993).
This species is more likely to inhabit the somewhat shallower coastal waters around its area of occurrence than other Polysteganus which have been trawled deeper than 200 m (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
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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
): 3.7 ±0.6 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 to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .