Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Stonogobiops: Greek, stonos, -ou = groan + Latin, gobius = gudgeon + Greek, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335). More on authors: Hoese & Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 45 m (Ref. 397), usually 20 - 45 m (Ref. 397). Tropical; 21°C - 27°C (Ref. 27115); 35°N - 30°S
Western Pacific: Indonesia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the northern Great Barrier Reef, and southern Japan. Replaced by Stonogobiops dracula in the Indian Ocean (Ref. 37816).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637)
soft rays: 10;
Vertebrae: 26. Eyes and mouth large. Angle of jaws 20-30 degrees. Heads pores absent. Scales on thorax and pectoral base absent to few small ones. Longitudinal scale series 75-92, transverse 19-23. Anterior part of head bright yellow; adults with dark head band ending on lower margin of preoperculum. 1st to 4th dorsal spines prolonged in adults; 2nd dorsal fin light blue with fine reticulum of yellow. Pectoral fins pointed. Palatine with tooth-like projections. Median predorsal region naked.
Observed to hover 1 to 4 cm above the entrance of its burrow, in sand or sand and rubble substrate. Usually seen in pairs with alpheid shrimps. Occurs in deep coastal slopes and sand flats, usually in depth over 20 meters (Ref. 48637).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hoese, D.F. and J.E. Randall, 1982. Revision of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Stonogobiops. Indo-Pac. Fish. (1):18 p. (Ref. 397)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 22.9 - 28.7, mean 26.8 (based on 146 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00589 (0.00267 - 0.01297), b=3.10 (2.91 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±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 (13 of 100) .