Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
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); brachyptera: Named for the very low first dorsal fin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 20 - 38 m (Ref. 75638). Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Palau, Brunei and Marshall Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75638); 5.8 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 22 - 24. This species is characterized by the following features: D VI + I, 23-25; A I, 22-24; pectoral rays 22 or 23; cycloid scales, nonimbricate, 135-139 oblique rows in longitudinal series on body; gill rakers 6-7 + 18-19; body depth 6.95-7.6 in SL; head length 4.2-4.6 in SL; chin with a low median fleshy ridge, narrowing to a thin convoluted ridge; first dorsal fin very low, the spines strongly curved posteriorly, only the last with a short free tip; fifth dorsal spine longest,
2.05-2.7 HL; caudal fin slightly rounded to slightly emarginate with rounded lobes, 4.3-4.65 in SL; pelvic fins 4.45-4.65 in SL; alcohol preserved color pale tan, with a dusky zone between upper lip and orbit; when fresh color is pale lavender-gray dorsally, becoming white on abdomen and cheek, 2 broad bluish gray stripes, a dorsal one posterior to middle of first
dorsal fin, and a ventral one above anal fin, separated by a narrow zone of pale lavender-gray; median fins are pale lavender-blue basally, translucent distally; pelvic fins mainly pale blue; pectoral fins translucent, with a narrow red bar at base (Ref. 75638).
Collected from lagoons on silty sand and rubble substrata (Ref. 75638).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E. and T. Suzuki, 2008. Three new species of dartfishes of the gobioid genus Ptereleotris from the western Pacific. Aqua Int. J. Ichthyol. 14(2):89-100. (Ref. 75638)
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
): 28 - 28.7, mean 28.2 (based on 38 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
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .