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Paracheilinus attenuatus  Randall, 1999

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Labridae (Wrasses)
Etymology: Paracheilinus: Greek, para = the side of + Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335);  attenuatus: From the Latin attenuatus meaning drawn out or tapering, in reference to the shape of the caudal fin..   More on author: Randall.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 21 - 50 m (Ref. 41634).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Western Indian Ocean: known only from one atoll of the Amirante Islands in Seychelles and one specimen from the aquarium trade from Kenya.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41634)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 25. Median predorsal scales 5; horizontal scale rows on cheek below eye 2; body depth 3.2-3.55 in SL; ; head length 2.9-3.05 in SL; snout length 3.9-4.1 in HL; first dorsal soft ray of adults long and filamentous; caudal fin rounded in young, lanceolate with strongly concave upper and lower posterior margin in adults, the fin length 2.9-3.6 in SL; pelvic fin short, 1.6-1.8 in HL. Adult males in life light orange, shading to yellow ventrally, with four longitudinal lavender bands on body which link to three narrow lavender bands extending posteriorly from eye; dorsal fin yellow with a broad blue-edged red zone posteriorly in fin, the filament red. Small females with the same but narrower stripes, dark-edged blue lines dorsally on head, a large dark brown spot at base of dorsal fin below juncture of spinous and soft portions, and a small dark brown spot dorsoposteriorly on caudal peduncle.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found over rubble or hard bottom (Ref. 41634). Largest size recorded is 6.58 mm SL from the aquarium trade (Ref. 41634).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).

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Randall, J.E., 1999. Paracheilinus attenuatus, a new labrid fish from the western Indian Ocean, with a redescription of P. piscilineatus . J. South Asian Nat. Hist. 4(1):29-38. (Ref. 41634)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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