Royal Dottyback, Pictichromis paccagnellae (Axelrod 1973)

Other Names: Bicolor Cichlops, Two-colour Dottyback, Two-tone Dottyback

A Royal Dottyback, Pictichromis paccagnellae, at Menjangan Island, Bali, Indonesia, April 2015. Source: zsispeo / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike


Video of a Royal Dottyback at Bali, Indonesia

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Royal Dottyback, Pictichromis paccagnellae (Axelrod 1973)

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Offshore reefs of north Western Australia (Rowleys Shoals & Scott Reef), and Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in eastern Indonesia (Bali to West Papua), Palau, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
Inhabits coral and rocky reefs, sheltering in small caves on reef slopes and drop-offs at depths to 70 m.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Royal Dottyback, Pictichromis paccagnellae (Axelrod 1973)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

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Coleman, N. 1981. Australian Sea Fishes North of 30°S. Lane Cove, NSW : Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd 297 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.

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. 

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2016. Pictichromis paccagnellae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T69583393A69583509. Downloaded on 07 April 2017.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37313010

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-70 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:7 cm SL

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