Dottybacks-Pseudochromidae
DOTTYBACK'S - PSEUDOCHROMIDAE Dottybacks are small colorful fish that live hidden between corals and rocks. They are very territorial and can be aggressive towards family members entering their territory. Sometimes it is the male that keeps the eggs in their mouths until they hatch. Others work differently with the male digging a hole for the female to drop her eggs inside. The male will then keep busy oxygenating the eggs by waving his fins over them. Every once in while the male will then take the eggs in his mouth to turn them around. After a few days the young will hatch and try to find their way along the reef. Length: 7 cm. Distribution: Philippines to SW- Japan, NE- Indonesia, Palau, P.N.G. and Samoa. Easy to recognise because of it’s magenta colour, and bluish iris. Solitary or in loose groups. Steep dropoffs and slopes, caves and crevices. Coastal and outer reefs, from -5 to -40 m, mostly below -15 m. Length: 12 cm. Distribution: from Indonesia to Philippines and Papua New Guinea. White to yellow-ish body, black stripe going from mouth to the end of the dorsal fin. Light grey on top of the head with very small dark points, solitary. On coastal reefs from -1 to -12 m, above rubble and sandy areas near coral outcroppings. Length: 10 cm. Distribution: from India to the Solomon Is, Taiwan and New Caledonia. Variable in colour, from yellow to grey or brown. Longitudinal rows of small blue spots on the body. Among corals of subtidal lagoon and seaward reefs, from -1 to -30 m. Length: 12 cm. Distribution: Philippines and Indonesia to P.N.G, Solomon Is. and NE- Australia. Dark grey to black with broad white stripe going from gill cover to the end of the tail. Yellow to orange head. Fine white line on pelvic fin. Solitary, near crevices, holes and caves of coral-rich coastal and seaward reefs, from -2 to -38 m.
Dottybacks info.

Dottybacks info.

Labracinus cyclophthalmus -  Firetail dottyback

Labracinus cyclophthalmus - Firetail dottyback

Pseudochromis perspicillatus - Blackstripe dottyback

Pseudochromis perspicillatus - Blackstripe dottyback

Pseudochromis fuscus - Dusky dottyback

Pseudochromis fuscus - Dusky dottyback

Pseudochromis bitaeniatus - Double-striped dottyback

Pseudochromis bitaeniatus - Double-striped dottyback

Pseudochromis porphyreus - Magenta dottyback

Pseudochromis porphyreus - Magenta dottyback

Pseudochromis-flavivertex - Sunrise dottyback

Pseudochromis-flavivertex - Sunrise dottyback

Pseudochromis-aldabraensis - Orange dottyback

Pseudochromis-aldabraensis - Orange dottyback

Pictichromis diadema - Diadem dottyback

Pictichromis diadema - Diadem dottyback