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Pseudogramma polyacanthum

Honeycomb Podge

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General Information

COMMON NAMES: Honeycomb Podge, Palespotted Podge, False Gramma

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: NATIVE e.Africa - Ducie, Hawai‘i; n. to s.Japan; s. to Lord Howe

COOK ISLANDS STATUS: Native; Marine, near-shore, reef-flats and lagoons; In shallow water, a very secretive fish, in coral heads, caves and crevices.

KEY FEATURES: To 8.5cm SL. Oblong and compressed. Brown with pale spots, and darker blotches and network; dark spot (cf. eyeØ) on gill cover. Dorsal with 7 pungent spines, membrane low; 2nd Dorsal continuous with 1st; Pectorals rounded; Tail rounded.

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Cook Islands Distribution

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Southern Group: Present    Makatea:

Northern Group: Present

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Scientific Taxonomy

Pseudogramma polyacanthum (Bleeker, 1856)
SYNONYMS: Pseudochromis polyacanthus [O]; Pseudogramma polyacantha [of authors]

TAXONOMY: ANIMALIA; CHORDATA; GNATHOSTOMATA (Jawed Vertebrates); PISCES; OSTEICHTHYES; Perciformes; Percoidei; Percoidea; SERRANIDAE, Grammistinae. COMMENT: Sometimes placed in GRAMMISTIDAE (Soapfishes). Here placed with soapfishes in the subfamily Grammistinae (Soapfishes).

More Information

GENERAL NOTE: Rarely seen by divers, but a common fish in poisoned collections.

Vouchers & References

Rarotonga: specimens, BPBM 13937,13973 (Randall & Baldwin 1979). Aitutaki: specimen FMNH 16248 (Randall & Baldwin 1979). Tongareva: USNM 2590 (Randall & Baldwin 1979).

Special Reference: Randall, J.E. and C.C. Baldwin, 1997. Revision of the serranid fishes of the subtribe Pseudogrammina, with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes (26):1-56.

text p.112 Myers (1991 2nd Ed.) Fishes of Micronesia
p.123 Randall et al. (1990) Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef....
p.206 Burgess et al. (1988) Atlas of Marine Aquarium Fishes (TFH)
plate 28/06 Allen (1997) Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia....
Species No. 502 Munro (1967) Fishes of New Guinea

Data Update History (information):
zB02, zM06a, zD02

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Citation Information

McCormack, Gerald (2007) Cook Islands Biodiversity Database, Version 2007.2. Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust, Rarotonga. Online at Copy citation to system clipboard
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