Valenciennea bella Hoese & Larson, 1994
Bella goby
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  6.9 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 12 - 35 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-15; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 14-15. Characterized by pale grey body color with yellowish snout; 2-3 blue stripes on cheek; dorsal fin with yellow filaments; adult male has black throat and mouth; second to fourth dorsal spines produced into prolonged filaments in adult; rhomboid caudal fin; caudal length 2.8-3.4 in SL; longitudinal scale series 76-81; ctenoid body scales except cycloid on abdomen; head or midline of nape without scales; cycloid scales extending forward on side of nape to above middle of operculum in adult; scaled pectoral fin base and prepelvic area; depth of body 4.7-5.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occurs in areas with rubble, rock and sand bottoms of coastal reefs in 12-35 m. Solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102). Feeds on small invertebrates particularly copepods.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 27 August 2020 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 04.01.95
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 24.07.13
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 30.01.95

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