Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Microdesmidae
(Wormfishes) > Ptereleotrinae
Etymology: Nemateleotris: Greek, nema, -atos = filament + The name of a Nile fish, eleotris (Ref. 45335). More on authors: Randall & Allen.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 25 - 70 m (Ref. 1602), usually 25 - 70 m (Ref. 27115). Tropical; 23°C - 27°C (Ref. 27115); 30°N - 23°S
Indo-Pacific: Mauritius to Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
Found over hard, open bottoms at the bases of reefs and over sand and rubble patches (Ref. 1602); also observed in deep coastal to outer reef drops-offs subject to strong currents (Ref. 48637). Often in pairs (Ref. 1602). Monogamous (Ref. 52884). Feeds on zooplankton, especially copepods and crustacean larvae. Darts into a hole when alarmed (Ref. 1602). Minimum depth reported from Ref. 27115.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 23.4 - 28.5, mean 26.9 (based on 225 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.19 se; Based on food items.
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .