Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Sicydiinae
Etymology: Stiphodon: Greek, stiphos, -eos, -oys = mass + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335); kalfatak: Named for Donna Kalfatak; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; amphidromous. Tropical; 15°S - 16°S, 166°E - 167°E
Oceania: Vanuatu. Seems to be endemic of Santo Is. (Ref. 87781).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 72456); 2.4 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10. This species is characterized by the following: pectoral rays 14-15; second dorsal fin with 9 segmented rays; premaxillary teeth 39-44; predorsal midline with 4-12 scales; males with more and larger symphyseal teeth than females (3-4 vs. 1); transverse scales in forward series 7-8, in backward series 8-9; typical color of males, body with longitudinal bright line divided in 3 colors (re, yellow, green from back to belly) on the flanks up to the head, on the cheeks, to the nose; lower part of head dark green to black; belly greyish brown on the back; females greyish to brownish (Ref. 72456).
Occurs in clear and calm streams, sandy or slightly rocky bottom and large pools. Found on the bottom of the river and observed from 5-10 m high in altitude (Ref. 72456).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Keith, P., G. Marquet and R.E. Watson, 2007. Stiphodon kalfatak, a new species of freshwater goby from Vanuatu (Gobioidei: Sicydiinae). Cybium 31(1):33-37. (Ref. 72456)
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
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01096 (0.00423 - 0.02842), b=3.03 (2.81 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .