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Scientific name: Pachymetopon aeneum
Common name: Blue hottentot
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Vertebrata Actinopterygii Neopterygii Perciformes Percoidei Sparidae Not Defined Pachymetopon Pachymetopon aeneum



Short Description:

 A robust silvery fish with a blue head.Mouth small with five rows of incisors in each jaw

Dorsal spines (total): 10 – 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11 – 13; Anal spines: 3 – 3; Anal soft rays: 10 – 10.
Size: 600mm
Behaviour: Sexual maturity at 250 mm.Spawn in summer.Occurs singly or in groups
Diet: Feeds on benthic organisms like worms, ascidians, crustaceans, mollusks and algae  
Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: known only from Sodwana Bay to the Cape in South Africa.
Depth: 75m
Habitat: Found on rocky substrate 
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-04-05 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Three Sisters 17 250mm 14m Olympus SP560UZ photo
Neal Bruton-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-10-05 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 16 200mm 18m Sony DSC-W170 photo
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