Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Microdesmidae
(Wormfishes) > Ptereleotrinae
Etymology: Ptereleotris: Greek, pteron = wing, fin + The name of a Nile fish, eleotris (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 2 - 15 m (Ref. 528). Subtropical; 32°N - 25°N
Western Indian Ocean: northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 528)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 25 - 28;
Vertebrae: 26. Pale grayish blue when fresh; white abdomen and thorax; opercle with 2 irregular blue bands; side of snout with a diagonal blue band, ending at upper edge of orbit. Iris silvery white, upper and lower edges broadly bright blue. Chin barbel followed by a median longitudinal fold. Scales tiny, embedded and non imbricate. Caudal fin with 3rd and 11th branched rays greatly prolonged as filaments; 1st dorsal fin lower than 2nd; short pelvic fins. Named arabica in reference to known localities.
Takes refuge in burrows occupied by symbiotic alpheids and gobies of the genera Amblyeleotris and Cryptocentrus.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E. and D.F. Hoese, 1985. Revision of the Indo-Pacific dartfishes, genus Ptereleotris (Perciformes: Gobioidei). Indo-Pac. Fish. (7):36 p. (Ref. 528)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.5 - 27.9, mean 26.1 (based on 107 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .