Trachelochismus aestuarium, Estuary clingfish

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Trachelochismus aestuarium Conway, Stewart & King, 2017

Estuary clingfish
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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes (Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes and singleslits) > Trachelochisminae
Etymology: Trachelochismus: Greek, trachelos = neck + Greek, schismos, -ou = cut (Ref. 45335);  aestuarium: Name from Latin 'aestuarium" for 'a tidal inlet of the sea', referring to the presence of this species in estuaries; noun in apposition.

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

Brackish; demersal; depth range 0 - 29 m (Ref. 116173).   Tropical; 33°S - 47°S, 166°E - 179°E (Ref. 116173)

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Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116173)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 8; Anal soft rays: 7; Vertebrae: 32. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: adhesive disc region A without flattened papillae at the centre; apapillate area of adhesive disc region A is equal in width or wider than region C; the flap along posterior margin of anterior nostril is a short, thin blade; lachrymal canal pores 2 and 3 flush with surface of skin or weakly elevated above the skin; suborbital, mandibular and postorbital rows of superficial neuromasts are located in shallow grooves with smooth borders; suborbital row is continuous, extending along ventral margin of orbit; postorbital row with 3 superficial neuromasts; a single gill raker present along the anterior edge of ceratobranchial 1; D 8; A 7; pectoral-fin rays 25; vertebrae 14 + 18 = 32. Colouration: in life, a single dark brown or black irregular streak found on the lateral surface of head posterior to eye (Ref. 116173).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Known only from shallow bay (0-29 m) and estuarine areas along the coast of New Zealand. Usually it is asscoiated with mixed shell-bryozoan rubble benthic communities. Some speciments have also been collected in association with Zostra and mangroves. At the type locality, it is found predominantly in association with spent shells of bivalves over a substrate of fine sand and silt at depths below the low tide mark (0-3 m) (Ref. 116173).

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

Conway, K.W., A.L. Stewart and C. King, 2017. A new species of the clingfish genus Trachelochismus from bay and estuarine areas of New Zealand (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae). Zootaxa 4319(3). (Ref. 116173)

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 = No PD50 data   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00457 (0.00176 - 0.01185), b=3.12 (2.89 - 3.35), 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. 120179):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .