Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Priolepis: Greek, prio = to saw + Greek,lepis = scale (Ref. 45335). More on authors: Winterbottom & Burridge.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; non-migratory; depth range - 40 m (Ref. 89467), usually - m (Ref. ). Subtropical; 0°C -
Pacific Ocean: Kermadec, Lord Howe, Pitcairn, Easter Island and French Polynesia (Rapa).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.7 cm NG male/unsexed; (Ref. 89467)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished by the following characters: interorbital trench absent, merely a slight depression between and behind eyes; incomplete squamation on predorsal, a naked triangular area behind eyes and interorbital area, and a naked bar extending forward from origin of first dorsal fin; in specimens below 20 mm SL midline usually naked, anterior extent of predorsal scales on sides of nape increasing with increasing size; no opercular scales; no scales on cheek; D2 modally I,11; A modally I,9; pectoral rays usually 19-20; reduced transverse pattern of sensory papillae on cheek; pelvic fins connected to form a plate, no interspinal membrane, fifth ray branched; each scale pocket with concentrated melanophores along margin forming a diamond-shaped mark; preserved specimens with vertical bands on head, often none on body; in life, 1-2 very faint vertical bars under first dorsal fin; mouth oblique, forming an angle of 35°-45° with body axis (Ref. 85603).
Occurs in rocky and coral reefs from the intertidal to depths of over 20 m (Ref. 85603).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Winterbottom, R. and M. Burridge, 1993. A new species of Priolepis (Teleostei; Gobiidae) from the Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean, with comments on relationships. Can. J. Zool. 71:2077-2079. (Ref. 13685)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 21.2 - 23.6, mean 22.6 °C (based on 4 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00475 - 0.02204), b=3.03 (2.85 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.2 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) .