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Parapercis diagonalis  Randall, 2008

Diagonal sandperch
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Pinguipedidae (Sandperches)
Etymology: Parapercis: Greek, para = the side of + Greek, perke = perch (Ref. 45335);  diagonalis: Name from Latin, referring to the diagonal black line on the cheek..   More on author: Randall.

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Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 1 - 25 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Indonesia.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79876); 12.8 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 5; Dorsal soft rays (total): 21; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 17; Vertebrae: 30. This species is distinguished by the following characters: body's upper third greenish-brown in life with a series of 6 large, quadrangular, blackish spots, progressively shorter posteriorly; the lower 2/3 of it white, faintly blotched with pink and dotted with black, and the lower third with 6 large, quadrangular, dark reddish spots, dotted with black dorsally; head bluish grey with an oblique black line on cheek below eye, ending in a small black spot, followed by 2 broad reddish bands; a large black spot on dorsal fin centered on base of spinous part, and a row of small black spots on the soft portion; base of anal fin with a row of black spots; caudal fin with 2 broad blackish stripes; D V,21; A I,17; pectoral rays 16; 57 lateral line scales; gill rakers 7 + 11; lower jaw projecting, 3 pairs of canine teeth anteriorly in jaws; palatine teeth absent; vomerine teeth in a narrow, chevron-shaped patch of 3-4 rows; ctenoid scales dorsally on opercle, becoming cycloid, progressively smaller, and nonimbricate ventrally on cheek; 4th dorsal spine longest 3.7 in HL; greatest body depth 4.8 in SL; head length (HL) 3.65 in SL; orbit diameter 4.4 in HL; fourth dorsal spine is the longest; caudal fin emarginate on upper half with a narrow protruding posterior upper lobe and rounded on ventral half; pectoral fins 5.75 in SL; pelvic fins just reaching anus, 5.05 in SL (Ref. 79876).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Specimen collected on silty sand substrate, a piece of partially buried plastic tubing was used as a refuge by the fish. It has a well-developed testis, but a small strip of ovarian tissue was also found, indicative of a nearly completed sex change from female to male (Ref. 79876). Solitary (Ref. 90102). Maximum length of 15 cm (TL) of unsexed specimen reported from Ref. 90102.

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Randall, J.E., 2008. Six new sandperches of the genus Parapercis from the Western Pacific, with description of a neotype for P. maculata (bloch and Schneider). The Raffles Bull. Zool. 19:159-178. (Ref. 79876)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00646 (0.00285 - 0.01461), b=3.09 (2.91 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .