Thorogobius alvheimi  Sauberer, Iwamoto & Ahnelt, 2018

Alvheim’s goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Thorogobius: Greek, thoros = semen + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335);  alvheimi: Named for Oddgeir Alvheim of the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway.

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

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 74 - 208 m (Ref. 118185).   Deep-water

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Eastern Atlantic: Angola and Ghana.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 118185); 7.2 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 10; Vertebrae: 28. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: D1 VI (second and third distinctly elongated), D2 I,11; pectoral fin rays 20-21; complete pelvic disc with short with well-developed anterior membrane (frenum), lateral lobes pointed; nape and predorsal area naked; no scales on the opercle; scales in longitudinal series 27-31; supratemporal rows tr and trp developed and extending transversally between pores H and K; longitudinal row g is short, not passing row m posteriorly and distinctly distant from row h; long infraorbital row 6, ventrally extending to lower margin of preopercle, its ventral section 6i originating anterior to its dorsal section 6s; posterior lateral row h reaching anteriorly above posterior third of opercle; body depth 16.6-20.4% at anal-fin origin in SL; head width 42.9-53.8% in head length; upper jaw long 42.6-45.7% in head length; minimum height of caudal peduncle 34.8-50.2% in caudal peduncle length; large eyes 22.4-31.3% in head length; short caudal fin 27.1-32.3% in SL; body is uniformly pale fawn and brown with margin of scale pockets dark brown pigmented, yielding a reticulated pattern; presence of pale spots on nape and predorsal area; caudal fin is uniformly dusky greyish (Ref. 118185).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Specimens were dredged on the outer edge of the continental shelf and found on soft bottom (Ref. 118185).

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Sauberer, M., T. Iwamoto and H. Ahnelt, 2018. Two new deep-water species of the genus Thorogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the upper continental slope of the Eastern Central Atlantic. Zootaxa 4429(2):357-371. (Ref. 118185)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

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 = 0.5156   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00631 (0.00289 - 0.01377), b=3.09 (2.90 - 3.28), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.3 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 (10 of 100) .