Pteragogus guttatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pteragogus guttatus
Species Authority: (Fowler & Bean, 1928)
Common Name(s):
English Sneaky wrasse, White-barred sneaky-wrasse
Duymaeria guttata Fowler & Bean, 1928
Duymaeria guttata Fowler & Bean, 1928
Pterogogus guttatus (Fowler & Bean, 1928)
Pterogogus guttatus (Fowler & Bean, 1928)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-03-25
Assessor(s): Sadovy, Y.
Reviewer(s): Craig, M.T. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species is wide-ranging, and inhabits shallow-water. It may be utilized in the aquarium trade. It is a small cryptic species that lives in a variety of habitats and therefore is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found from the Philippines to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Palau (Myers 1999). Records from the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea are questionable.
Australia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is reef-associated. It is found in sheltered inner reefs amongst broken coral and rubble. It is usually seen in less than 10 m depth, staying well hidden in reefs, but sometimes swimming amongst the long-spined Diadema urchins or in thick algae coverage (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001).

The maximum size recorded in Palau was 5.7 cm (Myers, 1999) but has been noted to 9 cm TL (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species may be collected for the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species. There is some minor collection for the aquarium trade as indicated by aquarium trade websites.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. However, its distribution overlaps several marine protected areas within its range.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Kuiter, R.H. and Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 2. Fusiliers - Dragonets, Caesionidae - Callionymidae. Zoonetics, Australia.

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian reef fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam.

Wood, L.J. 2007. MPA Global: A database of the world’s marine protected areas. Available at:

Citation: Sadovy, Y. 2010. Pteragogus guttatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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