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Pseudochromis melas


Pseudochromis melas was originally described as Pseudochromis melas by Lubbock in 1977. It belongs to the family Pseudochromidae and subfamily Pseudochrominae. It is commonly known as Dark dottyback but has many other common names such as Bicoloured dottyback in South Africa, Dark dottyback in Micronesia, Federated States, Dark dottyback in Sodwana, Bicoloured dottyback in Sodwana, Donker spikkelrug in Sodwana, Tweekleur-spikkelrug in Sodwana. more common names It is found in Salt water.
Species   melas
AuthorWI   Lubbock [R.]
AuthorNI   Lubbock
Qualification   ---
Year   1977
Status   Valid
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Family   Pseudochromidae
Pseudochrominae Pseudochrominae
Genus   Pseudochromis
Subgenus   ---

Family   Pseudochromidae
Subfamily   Pseudochrominae
Genus   Pseudochromis
Original Name   Pseudochromis        
Taxon Name   melas
Original Combination   Pseudochromis melas
Original Genus  
Original Genus Species   Pseudochromis melas
OriginalSubGenus   Pseudochromis
Original Author   Lubbock
Original AuthorWI   Lubbock [R.]
Original Qualification   ---
Original Year   1977
Original Family  
Original SubFamily   Pseudochrominae
Original Level   species
Type Locality   Bottom of reef slope, eastern side of Wasin Island, Shimoni, Kenya, depth 15 meters.
Types   Paratypes: USNM 214106 (1).
Primary Code   Holotype
Primary Type   BMNH 1975.2.12.5
Journal   Ichthyol. Bull. J. L. B. Smith Inst. Ichthyol.
Citation   No. 35
Page   8
Illustrations   Pls. 1D, 3A

SubSpecies AuthorWI ---
Qualification SS ---

Current Subspecies AuthorWI ---

Current Genus Species Pseudochromis melas
Current Species melas
Current Genus Pseudochromis
Current AuthorWI Lubbock [R.]
Current AuthorNI Lubbock
Current Year 1977
Current Family Pseudochromidae
Current Subfamily
Pseudochrominae Pseudochrominae

Habitat Marine.        
Water Salt water
Habitat Notes Dark dottyback.
Attains 90 mm. Rare - Two specimens from Kenya and one from Sodwana Bay.
Depth Range From 15 to 30 meters.

Current Summary   Valid as Pseudochromis melas  Lubbock 1977. Pseudochromidae: Pseudochrominae.
Name History   •Valid as Pseudochromis melas Lubbock 1977 -- (Smith 1986:540 [ref. 5712], Randall 1995:143 [ref. 22896], Gill 2004:145 [ref. 27767], Heemstra & Heemstra 2004:177 [ref. 28072], Gill & Zajonz 2011:21 [ref. 31637]).

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adustus Pseudochromis adustus Müller [J.] & Troschel [F. H.] 1849Synonym
aldabraensis Pseudochromis aldabraensis Bauchot [M.-L.] in Arnoult et al. 1958Valid
alticaudex Pseudochromis alticaudex Gill [A. C.] 2004Valid
ammeri Pseudochromis ammeri Gill [A. C.], Allen [G. R.] & Erdmann [M. V.] 2012Valid
andamanensis Pseudochromis andamanensis Lubbock [R.] 1980Valid
aurea Pseudochromis aurea Seale [A.] 1910Synonym
aurea marshallensis Pseudochromis aurea marshallensis Schultz [L. P.] in Schultz et al. 1953Synonym
aureolineatus Pseudochromis aureolineatus Gill [A. C.] 2004Valid
aureus Pseudochromis aureus Seale [A.] 1910Synonym
aurifrons Pseudochromis aurifrons Lubbock [R.] 1980Synonym
aurulentus Pseudochromis aurulentus Gill [A. C.] & Randall [J. E.] 1998Valid
bicolor Pseudochromis bicolor (Tickell [S. R.] in Day 1888)Synonym
bitaeniatus Pseudochromis bitaeniatus (Fowler [H. W.] 1931)Valid
caudalis Pseudochromis caudalis Boulenger [G. A.] 1898Valid
chrysospilus Pseudochromis chrysospilus Gill [A. C.] & Zajonz [U.] 2011Valid
coccinicauda Pseudochromis coccinicauda (Tickell [S. R.] in Day 1888)Valid
colei Pseudochromis colei Herre [A. W. C. T.] 1933Valid
cometes Pseudochromis cometes Gill [A. C.] & Randall [J. E.] 1998Valid
cyanotaenia Pseudochromis cyanotaenia Bleeker [P.] 1857Valid
diadema Pseudochromis diadema Lubbock [R.] & Randall [J. E.] 1978Synonym
dilectus Pseudochromis dilectus Lubbock [R.] 1976Valid
dixurus Pseudochromis dixurus Lubbock [R.] 1975Valid
dutoiti Pseudochromis dutoiti Smith [J. L. B.] 1955Valid
eichleri Pseudochromis eichleri Gill [A. C.], Allen [G. R.] & Erdmann [M. V.] 2012Valid
elongatus Pseudochromis elongatus Lubbock [R.] 1980Valid
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