Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
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(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Asterropteryx: Greek, a = with + Greek, sterros, -a, -on = consistent + Greek, pteryx = fin (Ref. 45335); ovata: Name from Latin 'ovata' meaning egg-shaped, refers from the large ovoid black spot on the base of caudal fin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 15 - 40 m (Ref. 75136), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Pacific: Sulawesi (Indonesia) and Ponape (Caroline Islands), including Japanese waters; probably more widely distributed in the area and the Indian Ocean.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75136)
soft rays: 8 - 9. This species differs from the other species of the spinosa complex in having the following set of characters: cheek spines 3-6; largest cheek spine slender obviously longer than other spines, length 2.6-6.3% SL; a pupil- or eyesized ovoid black spot on base of caudal fin (extending anteriorly to third mid-lateral scale before posterior margin of hypural); head, body and dorsal fins when alive or fresh has numerous orange speckles; first dorsal fin with no distinct black spot (Ref. 75136); characterized further by having prolonged fourth dorsal spine, forms long filament in adult; longitudinal scale series 22-24; ctenoid predorsal and body scales; cycloid scales in cheek, opercle, pectoral-fin base and prepelvic area; rounded caudal fin; depth of body 3.2-3.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Occurs in coral-reef slopes in the protected bays, found solitary on muddy or sandy-mud bottoms with dead-coral rubbles under the heavy growth of corals (Ref. 75136).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Shibukawa, K. and T. Suzuki, 2007. Two new species of the cheek-spine goby genus Asterropteryx (Perciformes: Goiidae: Gobiinae) from the western Pacific. Bull. Natl. Mus. Nat. Sci., Ser. A, Suppl 1:109-121. (Ref. 75136)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.3 - 29, mean 28.2 °C (based on 54 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00332 - 0.01511), 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
): 3.3 ±0.4 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) .