Protogobiesox asymmetricus, Asymmetrical deep-water clingfish

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Protogobiesox asymmetricus Fricke, Chen & Chen, 2016

Asymmetrical deep-water clingfish
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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes (Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes and singleslits) > Protogobiesocinae
Etymology: Protogobiesox: ‘‘ancestral gobiesocid;’’ it refers to the pelvic fins resembling the putative ancestral form of gobiesocids.;  asymmetricus: Named for the unusual asymmetry of head and body.

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

Marine; demersal; depth range 370 - 560 m (Ref. 117884).   Deep-water

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Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 117884); 5.9 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal soft rays: 8; Vertebrae: 34 - 35. Dorsal-fin rays 9-10; anal-fin rays 8; pectoral-fin rays 17-24; principal caudal-fin rays15, gills3, the third arch with 3 gill rakers; total vertebrae 34-35, with asymmetrical lateral bending starting behind the skull, bent at an angle of 85°-92°; asymmetrical skull in frontal view; naked skin, surface of head and body without striae; disc without adhesive papillae; posterior margin may be partially fringed; region B small, left- and right-hand sides separate, larger on the right-hand side than on left-hand side (Ref. 117884).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in relatively cool water in an area with temporary upwelling along the northern coast of Papua New Guinea and in association with sunken logs; its specializations and especially the lateral asymmetry may be useful to be attached to these logs (Ref. 117884).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Williams, Jeffrey T. | Collaborators

Fricke, R., J.-N. Chen and W.-J. Chen, 2016. New case of lateral asymmetry in fishes: A new subfamily, genus and species of deep water clingfishes from Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean. C.R. Biologies 340:47-62. (Ref. 117884)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)


CITES (Ref. 123416)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [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):  3.3   ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .