Bluespotted Dottyback, Assiculus punctatus Richardson 1846

Other Names: Longfin Dottyback

A male Bluespotted Dottyback, Assiculus punctatus, from the Northern Territory. Source: Michael Hammer / Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. License: All rights reserved

A small dottyback covered in small, bright blue spots. Males are bluish and the smaller females are greenish-yellow.

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Bluespotted Dottyback, Assiculus punctatus Richardson 1846

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Scott Reef, and Shark Bay, Western Australia, to the Wellesley Islands, Queensland.
Inhabits turbid inshore reefs and weed bed areas, at depths to 30 m.

Species Citation

Assiculus punctatus Richardson 1846, Discoveries in Australia 1: 494, pl. 2, figs 1-5. Type locality: Darwin (Neotype)


Dianne J. Bray


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Bluespotted Dottyback, Assiculus punctatus Richardson 1846


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37313012

Feeding:0-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm TL


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