Amblygobius calvatus Allen & Erdmann, 2016

Baldhead siltgoby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Amblygobius: Greek, amblys = darkness + Latin gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335);  calvatus: Name from latin 'calvatus', meaning bald; referring to the lack of scales on the entire nape region.

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

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 20 m (Ref. 114936).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Philippines; but most likely to be widely distributed in the East Indian region and western Pacific. Captured photograph from Chuuk in Micronesia may be this species.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 114936); 4.8 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-15; Anal spines: 15-16; Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI + I,14-15; A I,15-16; caudal fin is strongly lanceolate, and is longer than head length; longitudinal scales 80-86; transverse scales 24-26; body scales entirely cycloid; scaleless on head, including side of nape and upper opercle; when alive grayish-brown with 2 orange-brown stripes on head and body, short upper stripe, ending before soft dorsal fin, the lower stripe horizontally ovate, orange-brown spot on opercle, continuing as a pale body stripe from upper pectoral-fin base to middle of caudal-fin base; pectoral-fin base pale with small, rectangular dark orange-brown spot across middle portion; series of 8-11 small black spots or saddles on upper back (Ref. 114936).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs on silt-mud substratum in highly sheltered bays and lagoons; loosely scattered, mainly solitary individuals were encountered at the type locality; invariably associated with muddy burrows where they retreat when closely approached by divers (Ref. 114936).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2016. Descriptions of two new gobies (Gobiidae: Amblygobius) from the tropical western Pacific Ocean. J. Ocean Sci. Found. 24:10-23. (Ref. 114936)

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 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00300 - 0.01455), 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):  2.8   ±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 (11 of 100) .