Lubricogobius tunicatus  Allen & Erdmann, 2016

Tunicate goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Lubricogobius: Latin, lubricus = slipperiness, smoothness + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335);  tunicatus: Name referring to its commensal host, the tunicate; masculine singular adjective in the genitive case.

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Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 20 - 30 m (Ref. 111062).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 111062); 1.2 cm SL (female)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Apparently invariably associated with a (Polycarpa sp.) on silty-sand bottoms. which was common between about 13-30 m, but only populated by fishes below a depth of about 20 m. About a third of the tunicates below 20 m were estimated to be occupied by fish, solitary or in pairs. The fish were usually observed perched on the lip of the tunicate’s oral or incurrent siphon, retreating quickly inside when disturbed and also made brief forays on the exterior part of the tunicate and around its base (Ref. 111062).

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Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2016. Lubricogobius tunicatus, a new species of goby (Pisces: Gobiidae) from Papua New Guinea and the first record of L. ornatus from the East Indies. J. Ocean Sci. Found. 24:24-34. (Ref. 111062)

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 = 0.5156   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00427 - 0.01860), b=3.08 (2.91 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.9   ±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) .