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

  • Allan, B.J.M. (2015). The effects of climate change on predator-prey interactions in coral reef fish. PhD thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1975.
  • Allan, B.J.M., P. Domenici, M.I. McCormick, S.-A. Watson and P.L. Munday (2013). Elevated CO2 affects predator-prey interactions through altered performance. PLOS One, 8(3): e58520. LIRS catalog number 1654.
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