Priolepis cyanocephala Hoese & Larson, 2010
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Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  3 cm SL (male/unsexed); 3.2 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 12 - 27 m
Distribution:  Southwestern Pacific: Australia (New South Wales and Lord Howe I.).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 9-9. This species is distinguished by the following characters: bony interorbital trench absent, but eyes elevated well above the interorbital region forming a non-bony trench; head broader than deep, distinctly depressed; predorsal largely naked with body scales extending forward to just above pectoral origin to just above posterior quarter of operculum; opercular scales absent; D2 I,10; A I, 9; pectoral rays 19; pelvic fins connected to form plate, no interspinal membrane; each scale pocket with concentrated xanthophores along margin, forming a diamond-shaped mark in life, but fading in preserved material, but with a concentration of melanophores along margins of scale pockets visible; vertical bands 4 on head in life, none on body; cheek sensory papillae a reduced transverse pattern; mouth oblique, forming an angle of about 35°-40° with body axis (Ref. 85603).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 22.03.11

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