Pseudochromis paccagnellae

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Common Name
Royal Dottyback
Binomial Name
Pseudochromis paccagnellae
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pseudochromidae
Genus: Pseudochromis
Species: paccagnellae


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Common Names

  • Royal Dottyback
  • Bicolour Pseudochromis



Characteristics

Description

Easily recognised by its vivid purple or pink head and yellow posterior

Similar Species

Often confused with Gramma loreto, Royal Gramma, and Pictichromis diadema, Diadem Dottyback.

Maximum Size

Max size: 7cm

Associated Organisms

Anything that lives in symbiosis, parasitic or opportunistically with it.

Behaviour

Generally very aggresive and territorial towards fish much larger than itself



Captive Care

Tank Size

100 litres minimum to avoid territorial aggresion

Water Flow

Moderate

Lighting

Moderate

Feeding

Daily feeding of frozen or fresh Brine and Mysis shrimp, prepared meaty foods or commercially available pellets and flakes.

Growth Rate

Depending on age and enviroment

Diseases

Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.

Other

Not advisable to house more than one in a single tank.



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Compatibility

Fish

Should not be housed with fish of similar appearance or colouring

Coral

Coral safe

Invertebrate

Eats bristle worms and pods and may kill smaller ornamental shrimp



Reproduction

There has been many succesfull attempts of captive breeding



Local Ecology

Distribution

Western Pacific: Indonesia (Java and Sulawesi) to Vanuatu; Palau in Micronesia.[1]

Habitat

Found in shallow coastal to deep outer-reef drop-offs



Additional Information

Generally a very hardy beginner fish, but take due care selecting tank mates.



Resources



References

  1. (http://www.fishbase.org): Froese, R., Pauly, D. Fish Base, World Wide Web electronic publication, 2008, Retrieved: 12 March 2011, http://filaman.ifm-geomar.de/summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=12647.