Pseudochromis sankeyi

(Lubbock, 1975)

Vernacular names
English : Striped dottyback
French : Pseudochromis de Sankey

Classification
Class : Teleostei
Order : Ovalentaria i. s. (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Pseudochromidae
Notes : No subspecies known.

Identification
Adults can reach 7 cm in length. Unmistakable. Cylindrical body, large mouth and transparent dorsal fin. Large black and white lines run from head to tail fin. Dorsal coloration is bluish-white with tiny black spots.

Range and habitat
The species is only found in the western Indian Ocean, around the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Lives in reef areas (both rocks and corals), near caves, down to 10 m.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : This species doesn’t have a big range but seems to be safe so far, despite more or less intensive captures of specimens for aquarium trade.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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