Lined Dottyback, Labracinus lineatus (Castelnau 1875)

Other Names: Lined Dampiera

A Lined Dottyback, Labracinus lineatus, in the Jurien Bay Marine Park, Western Australia. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef life Survey. License: CC By Attribution

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Lined Dottyback, Labracinus lineatus (Castelnau 1875)

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Endemic to Western Australia, from Mandurah to the Kimberley region. Shelters in crevices on shallow coral and rocky reefs.


Dottybacks are protogynous hermaphrodites, and form small harems with a dominant male and several females.


The specific name lineatus is from Latin meaning 'lined', in reference to the longitudinal dark stripes on the body.

Species Citation

Dampieria lineata Castelnau, 1875, Intercolonial Exhibition Essays 2: 30. Type locality: Dampier Archipelago, WA.


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Lined Dottyback, Labracinus lineatus (Castelnau 1875)


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

Castelnau, F.L. de 1875. Researches on the fishes of Australia. Intercolonial Exhibition Essays. 2. pp. 1–52 in, Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876 : Official Record. Melbourne.

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

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp.

Scott, T.D. 1959. Notes on Western Australian fishes. No. 1. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 82: 73-91 figs 1-8

Travers, M.J. & Potter, I.C. 2002. Factors influencing the characteristics of fish assemblages in a large subtropical marine embayment. Journal of Fish Biology 61(3): 764-784.

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CAAB Code:37313003


Depth:0-15 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL


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