Pareques viola, Adult, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
Pareques viola, Juvenile, Machalilla, Ecuador, Photo: Graham Edgar
Tropical Eastern Pacific
Adults silver-grey with a reflective purple tinge, a high, arched dorsal profile, spiny first dorsal fin, high and banner-like. Juveniles similar body shape but pale with black stripes along body, with narrow stripes in between, yellow tinge on head, and fins, spiny first dorsal fin tall with a dark bar in centre. Adults secretive and nocturnal, often forming large inactive aggregations in caves. Juveniles school in the summer.
Max Size: 25 cm
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Frequent (11% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.