Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: aprica: Named for the eye-sized, brick red, round spot on the occipital region resembling the setting sun ('apricus' = sunny). More on authors: Winterbottom & Hoese.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 48 m (Ref. 39927). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: Chagos Archipelago. Western Central Pacific: Indonesia. Recently reported from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 39927)
soft rays: 9. Second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 10 soft rays; first and second dorsal spines filamentous in males. Anterior nasal tube 7% HL and with a dusky tip. A red, eye-diameter-sized spot on occipital region of the head. Presence of nasal, and anterior and posterior interorbital and infraorbital sensory-canal pores, all other pores absent (Ref. 39927); characterized further by semi-translucent pale yellowish to whitish overall; head pink with orange and red bars/bands; body with around six internal brown bars; narrow brown scale margins; yellowish fins with brownish spot at base of anterior dorsal spines; absence of pelvic frenum; caudal rays branched 12; longitudinal scale series 26-27; body with ctenoid scales except cycloid on midline of abdomen; depth of body 4.0-4.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Collected in well-developed caves on drop-offs and may be restricted to this habitat (Ref. 39927).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Winterbottom, R. and D.F. Hoese, 1998. A new genus and four new species of fishes from the Indo-West Pacific (Pisces; Perciformes; Gobiidae), with comments on relationships. R. Ont. Mus. Life Sci. Occas. Pap. (37):1-17. (Ref. 39927)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.1 - 28.8, mean 27.6 (based on 186 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00871 (0.00414 - 0.01834), 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
): 3.0 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assumed Fec < 100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .