Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
Type: Article
Published: 2017-10-24
Page range: 333–340
Abstract views: 66
PDF downloaded: 61

Pseudochromis stellatus, a new species of dottyback from Indonesia (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae)

Macleay Museum and School of Life and Environmental Sciences, A12 – Macleay Building, The University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia.
Western Australian Museum, Locked Bag 49, Welshpool DC, Perth, Western Australia 6986, Australia.
Conservation International, Jl. Dr. Muwardi No. 17, Denpasar, Bali 80235 Indonesia California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118 USA
Pisces taxonomy Pseudochromis reticulatus complex Raja Ampat Islands


The Pseudochromis reticulatus complex is diagnosed to include species of Pseudochromis with the combination of a pointed caudal fin (rounded with middle rays produced), a reticulated colour pattern on the upper part of the body, dorsal-fin rays modally III,26, anal-fin rays modally III,15, and pectoral-fin rays modally 18. Members of the complex include P. reticulatus Gill & Woodland, P. pictus Gill & Randall, P. tonozukai Gill & Allen, P. jace Allen, Gill & Erdmann and P. stellatus new species. The last-named is herein described from six specimens from Batanta and Batu Hitam in the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia. It is distinguished from other members of the complex in live coloration, and in having higher mean numbers of scales in lateral series and of anterior lateral-line scales (36–38 and 29–32, respectively), and a deeper body as measured from the dorsal-fin origin to pelvic-fin origin (31.8–33.5 % SL).



  1. Allen, G.R., Gill, A.C. & Erdmann, M.V. (2008) A new species of Pseudochromis Rüppell (Pisces: Pseudochromidae) from Papua Barat Province, Indonesia. Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, 13, 155–162.

    Fowler, H.W. (1931) Contributions to the biology of the Philippine Archipelago and adjacent regions. The fishes of the families Pseudochromidae, Lobotidae, Pempheridae, Priacanthidae, Lutjanidae, Pomadasyidae, and Teraponidae, collected by the United States Bureau of Fisheries Steamer "Albatross", chiefly in Philippine seas and adjacent waters. United States National Museum Bulletin, 100 (11), 1–388.

    Fricke, R. & Eschmeyer, W.N. (2017) A Guide to Fish Collections in the Catalog of Fishes, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Available from: (accessed 25 May 2017)

    Gill, A.C. (2004) Revision of the Indo-Pacific dottyback fish subfamily Pseudochrominae (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Smithiana Monograph, 1, ii + 1–214, pls. 1–12.

    Gill, A.C. & Allen, G.R. (2004) Pseudochromis lugubris and P. tonozukai, two new dottyback fish species from the Indo-Australian Archipelago (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae: Pseudochrominae). Zootaxa, 604 (1), 1–12.

    Gill, A.C. & Randall, J.E. (1998) Five new species of the dottyback genus Pseudochromis from Indonesia (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae). Revue française d'Aquariologie Herpétologie, 25, 17–26.

    Gill, A.C. & Senou, H. (2016) Pseudochromis yamasakii, new species of dottyback fish from Japan (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae: Pseudochrominae). Zootaxa, 4173 (3), 296–300.

    Gill, A.C. & Woodland, D.J. (1992) Description of a new dottyback of the genus Pseudochromis (Pisces: Pseudochromidae) from Western Australia. Records of the Australian Museum, 44, 247–251.

    Rüppell, E. (1835) Neue Wirbelthiere zu der Fauna von Abyssinien gehörig. Fische des Rothen Meeres. 3. Vol. 1. S. Schmerber, Frankfurt am Main, 28 pp., 7 pls.