Paragobiodon xanthosoma  (Bleeker, 1853)

Emerald coral goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Paragobiodon: Greek, para = the side of + Latin, gobius = gudgeon + Greek,odous =teeth (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range ? - 70 m (Ref. 86942).   Tropical; 30°N - 32°S, 32°E - 169°W

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Indo-Pacific.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2798)

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Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Green to greenish yellow in color, often with a dark caudal margin; adults with elongate flaps on top of head (Ref. 1602). Transverse scales 10. Mouth nearly vertical, lips thick. Head and nape naked to first dorsal fin origin. Gill opening located at same level as pectoral base. Ventral small; first dorsal and anal lower than 2nd dorsal; pectoral extends beyond anus; caudal rounded. Scales less firmly attached than other congeneric species (Ref. 43541).; characterized further by having longitudinal scale series 22-24; ctenoid scales except head, nape, prepectoral region, breast and midventral portion of abdomen which is scaleless; head and nape with numerous bristle-like cirri; complete pelvic fin frenum and basal membrane; depth of body at level of pelvic fins 2.6-3.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found exclusively among branches of Seriatopora hystrix coral (Ref. 2334); usually in pairs. Monogamous (Ref. 52884).

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Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. (Ref. 2334)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Aquarium: commercial
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Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5156   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.3 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) .