Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Priolepis: Greek, prio = to saw + Greek,lepis = scale (Ref. 45335); cincta: Name from Latin cinctum, a girdle or belt, presumably referring to the banded color pattern; treated as a noun in apposition by Winterbotton & Burridge, 1993:2063 (Ref. 10753). More on author: Regan.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 1 - 70 m (Ref. 2334), usually 1 - 30 m (Ref. 9002). Tropical; 32°N - 24°S
Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea, Persian Gulf and east coast of Africa to islands of Micronesia, Fiji and Tonga; Japan to Coral Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5525)
(total): 7 - 8;
soft rays: 9. Characterized by having alternating dark-edged brown and narrower white bars on head and body; dorsal and caudal fins with brown spotting; basal part of dorsal fins with dark spots/bands; longitudinal scale series 27-31; ctenoid scales on body except cycloid on abdomen, prepectoral and prepelvic areas; upper opercle with a patch of cycloid scales; cheek without scales; depth of body 3.8-4.6 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Hides in caves and crevices (Ref. 9710), also among corals or rock (Ref. 37816). Monogamous (Ref. 52884).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Benthic spawner (Ref. 31409). Bi-directional sex change was proposed for this species (Ref. 103751). Monogamous mating is observed as both obligate and social (Ref. 52884).
Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. (Ref. 2334)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.8 - 29, mean 27.7 °C (based on 1094 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00553 - 0.01575), b=3.02 (2.87 - 3.17), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .