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Pleurosicya mossambica  Smith, 1959

Toothy goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Pleurosicya: Greek, pleura = side, ribe + Greek, sikya, -as = cucumber (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Smith.

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

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 30 m (Ref. 48637).   Tropical

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Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 33390) to Fiji and the Marquesan Islands, north to southern Japan, south to southeast Australia and New Caledonia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2798)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-8; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 8. Pale reddish in color (Ref. 11228). Gill rakers rudimentary (Ref. 2798). Transverse scales 7. Mouth large, maxillary extending to vertical from midline to eye. Midline of predorsal and nape naked but scaled on either side. Median fins low; first dorsal roughly triangular and shorter than anterior rays of second dorsal, which is quite low posteriorly. Pectoral large, extending to below gap between dorsal fins. Ventral fins large, frenum fimbriate (Ref. 43541); characterized further by longitudinal scale series 20-27; broad gill opening, reaching to below half of eye; depth of body at anus5.3-6.8 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Lives among soft coral, sponges, Tridacna, and broad-blade plants (Ref. 2798). Also inhabits coastal bays and reef slopes, found on a variety of host and also on algae from very shallow to at least 30 meters (Ref. 48637).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Benthic spawner.

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Hoese, D.F., 1986. Gobiidae. p. 774-807. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 2798)

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

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.3 - 29.3, mean 28.2 (based on 2870 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00277 - 0.01371), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±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) .