Lepadicyathus mendeleevi Prokofiev, 2005

Mendeleev’s clingfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes (Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes and singleslits) > Protogobiesocinae
Etymology: Lepadicyathus: Name given according to its external similarity with the genus Lepadichthys and is derived gtom the Greek words 'di' for two and 'cyathus' for cup or bowl, referring to the presence of a double sucking disc.;  mendeleevi: Named for R/V 'Dimitrii Mendeleev' which in turn is named after an outstanding Russian chemist.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 3 m (Ref. 75705).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75705)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal soft rays: 10; Vertebrae: 31. This species is distinguished by the following characters: partial lateral asymmetry, the head slightly asymmetrical when seen from the front; vertebral column bent towards the left in males, to the right in females, at an angle of 40°-45°, with bending starting slightly before level of anus; anus towards the right-hand side of the body in males, towards the left-hand side in females; position of guts is slightly asymmetrical; gills 3; pelvic fin disc rudimentary, in two parts, with a few rudimentary papillae basally in region B; dorsal-fin rays 11-12; anal-fin rays 10; caudal fin with 10 principal rays; naked skin, the surface of head and body covered with a dense pattern of obliquely arranged striae consisting of minute tubercles (Ref. 117884).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Collected from corals (Millepora) at 1 m depth, its association with the coral is unknown. The specimens were collected together with Gymnothorax buroensis (juvenile individual), Pseudogramma polyacantha, Gobiodon sp., Balistapus undulatus, Enchelyurus kraussi, and 3 unidentified blennies (Ref. 75705).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Williams, Jeffrey T. | Collaborators

Prokofiev, A.M., 2005. A new genus and species of clingfish (Gobiesociformes: Gobiesocidae) from New Guinea. J. Ichthyol. 45(7):546-550. (Ref. 75705)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [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):  3.0   ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .