Chirodactylus jessicalenorum Smith, 1980
Natal fingerfin
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Cheilodactylidae (Morwongs)
Max. size:  50 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 20 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: South Africa.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 17-18; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-27; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Scarlet in color with a red-black blotch at pectoral base.
Biology:  Inhabits coastal waters from the shore line to at least 20 m depth (Ref. 9492). Prefers rocky banks (Ref. 12484). Diurnal (Ref. 12484). Feeds mainly on small, benthic invertebrates (marine worms, crabs and mollusks), but also squid and small fish (Ref. 12484). Mainly caught with spears (Ref. 9492). Marketed fresh, whole (Ref. 9492).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 18.03.93
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 04.11.98
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 07.02.97

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