A closer look at the elusive Pseudochromis marshallensis, the Marshall Island dottyback

By on Nov 17, 2011

The Marshall Island dottyback, ironically, is not endemic to the area as it’s name suggests. It is however, seldom seen in the trade. The slender Pseudochromis marshallensis is grey overall with only splashes of yellow on the tail and unpaired fins, as well as some light speckles on the otherwise drab body. However, it’s a unique fish with a subtle beauty that’ll probably make for a nice display. The video posted below is probably the first, or one of the very few videos ever of the fish, and it gives us a real up close look at a male tending to its eggs. Like all other dottybacks, the Marshall Island dottyback lays its egg mass in a nest, and is guarded by the male.

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