Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes
(Puffers and filefishes) > Monacanthidae
Etymology: Pervagor: Latin, pervagor = nomadic, itinerant. More on author: Ogilby.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 15 - m (Ref. 9710), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C - ; 15°N - 40°S
Western Pacific: east coast of Australia, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia, and the Marshall Islands. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797). Described as an antitropical species.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
(total): 1 - 2;
soft rays: 27 - 31;
Vertebrae: 19. A strong first dorsal spine armed with 2 rows of prominent, laterally-directed barbs. Posterior margin of ventral flap not attached to large and barbed pelvic rudiment. Distinguished by a bright yellow ring around the eye (Ref. 1602). Head and body blackish brown to pale, pinkish brown; blackish band usually encircling the snout; eyes and surrounding area bright yellow. Caudal fin generally orange; soft dorsal and anal fins spotted, clear or yellowish orange basally; pectoral fins clear, base blackish brown. Scales on posterior half of body with spinules, number increasing with age; adult male with scale rugosities
Uncommon species that occurs in coral and rocky reefs to a depth of about 15 m (Ref. 9710).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hutchins, J.B., 1986. Review of the monacanthid fish genus Pervagor, with descriptions of two new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (12):35 p. (Ref. 527)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02089 (0.01006 - 0.04340), b=2.93 (2.75 - 3.11), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 82.3 [28.3, 184.2] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.79 [0.47, 1.64] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.3 [16.0, 20.6] % ; Omega3 = 0.118 [0.054, 0.240] g/100g ; Selenium = 28.5 [14.2, 64.9] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 53.9 [15.8, 178.9] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.51 [0.89, 2.49] mg/100g (wet weight);