Dusky Dottyback (species: Pseudochromis fuscus) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pseudochromis fuscus
Dusky Dottyback

©Victor Huertas: Pseudochromis fuscus at Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Rick Stuart-Smith: Pseudochromis fuscus, Lizard Island area.

©Lyle Vail: Dark form of Pseudochromis fuscus at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pseudochromidae
Genus Pseudochromis
Species Pseudochromis fuscus



Distinguishing features

Two colour forms: dark brown with a whitish translucent tail, and yellow. Both forms have blue dots forming longitudinal stripes along the sides.


  • Up to 10 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Almany, G.R. and M.S. Webster (2004). Odd species out as predators reduce diversity of coral-reef fishes, Ecology, 85: 2933-2937. LIRS catalog number 895.
  • Couturier, C.S., J.A.W. Stecyk, J.L. Rummer, P.L. Munday and G.E. Nilsson (2013). Species-specific effects of near-future CO2 on the respiratory performance of two tropical prey fish and their predator. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, 166: 482-489. LIRS catalog number 1721.
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