Priolepis psygmophilia Winterbottom & Burridge, 1993
Latticed goby
Priolepis psygmophilia
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  4.7 cm NG (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 40 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: Kermadec, Lord Howe, Pitcairn, Easter Island and French Polynesia (Rapa).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Vertebrae: 26-26. This species is distinguished by the following characters: interorbital trench absent, merely a slight depression between and behind eyes; incomplete squamation on predorsal, a naked triangular area behind eyes and interorbital area, and a naked bar extending forward from origin of first dorsal fin; in specimens below 20 mm SL midline usually naked, anterior extent of predorsal scales on sides of nape increasing with increasing size; no opercular scales; no scales on cheek; D2 modally I,11; A modally I,9; pectoral rays usually 19-20; reduced transverse pattern of sensory papillae on cheek; pelvic fins connected to form a plate, no interspinal membrane, fifth ray branched; each scale pocket with concentrated melanophores along margin forming a diamond-shaped mark; preserved specimens with vertical bands on head, often none on body; in life, 1-2 very faint vertical bars under first dorsal fin; mouth oblique, forming an angle of 35°-45° with body axis (Ref. 85603).
Biology:  Occurs in rocky and coral reefs from the intertidal to depths of over 20 m (Ref. 85603).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Type locality, Raoul I., Denham Bay, NMNZ P.28583 (holotype of Priolepis psygmophilia, 2.23 cm SL, male). Museum: Meyer I., NMNZ P.28612 (paratype, 2.26 SL, female) (Ref. 13685). Also Ref. 45524, 85603, 075154.

Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 16.12.97
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.07.12

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