Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ovalentaria/misc
(Various families in series Ovalentaria) > Pseudochromidae
(Dottybacks) > Pseudochrominae
Etymology: Pictichromis: Name from Latin pictus meaning painted or colored, and Greek Chromis, a genus of pomacentrid, used as the stem for other fish genera; alludes to the bright live colorations of the included species (Ref. 81967).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 50 m (Ref. 37816), usually 0 - 15 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical
Western Pacific: Indonesia (Java and Sulawesi) to Vanuatu; Palau in Micronesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334)
Found in shallow coastal to deep outer-reef drop-offs (Ref. 8631). Hovers close to coral or rubble (Ref. 9710). Solitary or in small loosely scattered groups (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kailola, P.J., 1987. The fishes of Papua New Guinea: a revised and annotated checklist. Vol. II Scorpaenidae to Callionymidae. Research Bulletin No. 41, Research Section, Dept. of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Papua New Guinea. (Ref. 6192)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.8 - 29.3, mean 28.6 °C (based on 1787 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00501 (0.00191 - 0.01317), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.50 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 184 [102, 389] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.871 [0.514, 1.487] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.7 [17.6, 19.8] % ; Omega3 = 0.131 [0.073, 0.233] g/100g ; Selenium = 26.9 [13.1, 54.2] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 137 [48, 380] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.04 [1.35, 3.07] mg/100g (wet weight);