Royal Dottyback (Pictichromis paccagnellae)

Also known as Bicolor Cichlops, Bicolor Dottyback, Bicolor Pseudochromis, False Gramma, False Gramma Bicolor Dottyback, Royal Gramma Basslet, Royal Pseudochromidae, Two-colour Dottyback, Two-tone Dottyback

Description

Also known as Bicolor Cichlops, Bicolor Dottyback, Bicolor Pseudochromis, False Gramma, False Gramma Bicolor Dottyback, Royal Gramma Basslet, Royal Pseudochromidae, Two-colour Dottyback, Two-tone Dottyback.

Found singly or in small loose schools hovering above coral and rubble areas, in caves and crevices over steep drop-offs, outer reef slopes and outer channel walls.
They feed on crustaceans, worms and zooplankton.
Length - 7cm
Depth - 0-50m
Widespread Western Pacific

Dottybacks are usually small and often brightly coloured.
They live inside the reefs structure, often at the back of caves and are very territorial and aggressive.
Females lay eggs which are guarded by the males who pick them up in their mouths on a regular basis to mix and aerate them. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Pictichromis-paccagnellae.html

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