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Pempheris cuprea Randall & Victor, 2014

Mozambique sweeper
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Pempheridae (Sweepers)
Etymology: Pempheris: Greek, pempheris = the name of a fish (Ref. 45335);  cuprea: Named for its coloration, Latin 'cuprea' for copper.

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

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 10 m.   Tropical

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Western Indian Ocean: northern Mozambique.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.6 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 39 - 41; Vertebrae: 25. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI,9; A III,39-41; pectoral rays 17; lateral-line scales 54-57 (with pored scales of both sides counted); ctenoid scales on side of chest; gill rakers 26-28 (on both sides counted); deep body, depth 2.1-2.15 in SL; head length 3.4-3.5 in SL; orbit diameter 7.4-7.55 in SL; jaws are moderately oblique, forming an angle of about 65° to horizontal axis of body; pectoral-fin length 3.15 in SL; colour in alcohol is bronze brown, many scales over pectoral region, abdomen, and above anterior part of anal fin with vertically elongate shiny copper-colored spot (Ref. 97766).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Depth range (1-10 m) given by B. Victor (pers. comm. 10/18).

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Randall, J.E. and B.C. Victor, 2014. Four new species of the genus Pempheris (Perciformes: Pempheridae) from the western Indian Ocean. J. Ocean Sci. Found. 12:61-83. (Ref. 97766)

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 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01585 (0.00666 - 0.03770), b=2.99 (2.78 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-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 to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .