Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes
(Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae
(Clingfishes and singleslits)
Etymology: Unguitrema: The name consists of the Latin 'unguis' meaning claw, and 'trema' as an allusion to the similar genus Discotrema.; nigrum: Named for its black colouration (head, eyes, body, belly, and fins are jet black, without any markings).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 5 - 20 m (Ref. 98449). Tropical, preferred ?
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 98449)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7 - 8. This small species is distinguished by the following characters: D 9; A 7-8; pectoral-fin rays 22-23; principal caudal-fin rays 12; colouration plain black without white stripes; head short with head length 4.7-4.9 in SL and narrow with head width 7.5-8.5 in SL; anus posteriorly situated, with disc-to-anus distance 3.2-3.5 in SL; 3 rows of papillae distally on disc region B; 2 central papillae clusters on disc region B with only 2 papillae each (Ref. 98449).
Collected on a crinoid, Oxycomanthus bennetti (Müller, 1841), black colour phase with green tentacles (family Comasteridae). Exact locality and depth where the species was collected unknown (due to confusion of station data) but was probably collected in a pass leading out of the lagoon, with a depth between 5 and 20 m. (Ref. 98449).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fricke, R., 2014. Unguitrema nigrum, a new genus and species of clingfish (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from Madang, Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 13:35-42. (Ref. 98449)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .