Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Rhinogobiops: Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, gobius = gudgeon Greek, ops = similar to; nicholsii: Named after Capt. H.E. Nichols, U.S.N, its discoverer (Ref. 6885).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 106 m (Ref. 2850). Subtropical; 55°N - 27°N, 136°W - 114°W
Eastern Pacific: Wales Island, northern British Columbia, Canada to Punta Rompiente, central Baja California, Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); max. reported age: 5 years (Ref. 56049)
Found usually in sandy areas near rocks. Occurs from intertidal areas to 106 m depth. Retreats to rocks or holes when approached. Young are found usually offshore among plankton. Oviparous (Ref. 56079). A protogynous hermaphrodite (Ref. 34256). Forms permanent harem groups composed of a single male and several smaller females (Ref. 55367). Eggs are guarded by the male (Ref. 56079).
Nesting occurs from April-October. Male cleans spawning site under rock, then attracts female by rising from bottom to display his black pelvic disk. Male guards nest after female lays eggs. Protogynous (Ref. 13452, 35501). Sex reversal is completed in less than 5 months (Ref. 34185, 34256). A monandric species (Ref. 55367). Length at sex change = 6.9 cm TL (Ref. 55367). Also Ref. 103751.
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Aquarium: public aquariums
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 8.3 - 12.8, mean 9.8 (based on 66 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00418 - 0.01902), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.58 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tmax=5).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .