Midnight Dottyback, Manonichthys paranox (Lubbock & Goldman 1976)


A Midnight Dottyback, Manonichthys paranox, at Tulagi, Nggela Islands, Florida Islands, Solomon Islands, March 2018. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:

The Midnight Dottyback is jet black with a dark reddish iris, relatively long pectoral and pelvic fins, and 29-30 soft dorsal-fin rays. The pelvic fin is also reddish anteriorly.

This rare dottyback mimics the Midnight Angelfish, Centropyge nox, preferring the same habitat and even swimming with a similar dancing motion.

Video of a Midnight Dottyback in an aquarium.


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Bray, D.J. 2018, Manonichthys paranox in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Oct 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4426

Midnight Dottyback, Manonichthys paranox (Lubbock & Goldman 1976)

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Distribution

Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. 

Inhabits slopes and drop-offs on coral and rocky reefs, sheltering amongst corals, and  holes in the reef.

Etymology

The species is named paranox because it mimics the Midnight Angelfish, Centropyge nox.

Species Citation

Pseudochromis paranox Lubbock & Goldman 1976, J. Nat. Hist. 10(1): 60, fig. 2. Type locality: Sandfly Passage, Florida Island, Solomon Islands.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2018

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Midnight Dottyback, Manonichthys paranox (Lubbock & Goldman 1976)

References


Allen, G.R. & M.V. Erdmann, M.V. 2007. A new species of Manonichthys Gill, 2004 (Pisces: Pseudochromidae) from Irian Jaya Barat Province, Indonesia. Zoological Studies 46(5): 541-546.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Gill, A.C. 2004. Revision of the Indo-Pacific dottyback fish subfamily Pseudochrominae (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Smithiana, Publication in Aquatic Biodiversity, Monographs 1: 1-213

Lubbock, R. & Goldman, B. 1976. Two distinctive new Australasian Pseudochromis (Teleostei : Perciformes). Journal of Natural History 10(1): 57-64 figs 1-2

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37313011

Behaviour:Mimics the Midnight Angelfish

Depth:18-40 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish (rare)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL

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