Also known as Jewel Pygmy Basslet, Neon Dottyback, Splendid Dwarf Bass, Splendid Pseudochromis, Thread-finned Dottyback.
Found singly, or in pairs, close to corals and sponges, over drop-offs, in lagoons, and seaward reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 13cm
Depth - 5-40m
Widespread Eastern Indo-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/Pseudochromis-splendens.html