Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Eupercaria/misc
(Various families in series Eupercaria) > Labridae
(Wrasses) > Corinae
Etymology: Pseudojuloides: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, iouis = a fish without identification, perhaps some of genus Coris cited by Plinius + Greek, oides = similar to (Ref. 45335); atavai: Name from Tahitian word 'atavai' meaning pretty, referring to the attractive coloration of both sexes of the species. More on authors: Randall & Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 12 - 31 m (Ref. 1602). Tropical; 14°N - 28°S
Pacific Ocean: Guam to the Society, Tuamoto, Austral and Ducie islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
soft rays: 12;
Vertebrae: 25. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: body elongate with greatest body depth 22.6-25.3% SL; D IX,11; A III,12; pectoral-fin rays 13; tubed lateral-line scales 28. Colouration: interspinous membrane between anterior two to three spines of dorsal fin has a black spot; males with head yellow and extensively reticulate; abdominal region behind pelvic and pectoral fins is orange to orange-pink with yellow crosshatch markings; posterior part of body purple black; females are distinctly bicolored, orange-brown dorsally, white ventrally (Ref. 123182).
Found well above the bottom of exposed seaward reefs (Ref. 9710) away from lagoons and sheltered bays (Ref. 123182). Feeds on small invertebrates (Ref. 89972).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Randall, J.E. and H.A. Randall, 1981. A revision of the labrid fish genus Pseudojuloides, with descriptions of five new species. Pac. Sci. 35(1):51-74. (Ref. 2140)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.7 - 26.3, mean 26.1 °C (based on 12 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00475 - 0.02106), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 103 [61, 212] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.797 [0.469, 1.348] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.7 [15.8, 20.9] % ; Omega3 = 0.168 [0.104, 0.267] g/100g ; Selenium = 28.8 [16.0, 50.6] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 123 [41, 395] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.84 [1.25, 3.26] mg/100g (wet weight);