Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Gobiopsis: Latin, gobius = gudgeon + Greek, opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335). More on author: Herre.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 15 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 30°N - 10°S
Western Pacific: Philippines, Irian Jaya, and possibly Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands and Palau.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8 - 10. Characterized by overall pale grey body color, presence of three brown saddles below base of dorsal fins (joined at midbody and usually forming continuous midlateral stripe), narrow extensions of dorsal saddles on lower side; base of caudal fin with vertically ovate spot; fully united pelvic fins, frenum present; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 28-38; presence of barbels on snout, tip of chin, and ventrally below lower jaw; cycloid scales; cheek and opercle without scales; deeply embedded nape scales; presence of sensory pores on head, including two preopercular pores; depth of body 5.6-5.8 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Found among live and dead corals on sand, in tide pools and on shallow reefs to as deep as 5 m (Ref. 1602). Cryptic (Ref. 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 28 - 29.3, mean 28.9 °C (based on 861 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00277 - 0.01371), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .