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Vanderhorstia opercularis  Randall, 2007

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: opercularis: Named opercularis due to its prominent black spot on the opercle (Ref. 59177).   More on author: Randall.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 27 - 40 m (Ref. 59177).   Tropical

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Western Indian Ocean: Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 59177)

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Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 12. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI-I,12; A I,12; pectoral rays 18-20; scales in longitudinal series on body 40; scales ctenoid posteriorly, cycloid anteriorly; head or prepectoral area without scales, those posteriorly on nape embedded and difficult to count; body depth 4.85-5.5 in SL; third dorsal spine of male filamentous, 2.35-2.95 in SL; caudal fin pointed and long, 1.95 in SL (in paratype; appears to have been injured and regenerating in holotype); paired fins extending beyond origin of anal fin; body with four dusky bars, each with a large darker spot; an oblique blackish bar from nape across posterior head containing a black spot on opercle; numerous small pale spots (orange-yellow in life) on head, body, and fins except pectorals (Ref. 59177).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Associated with alpheid shrimps, sharing the same burrow maintained by the shrimp (generally as a pair) and guarded by the goby (Ref. 59177).

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Randall, J.E., 2007. Vanderhorstia opercularis, a new shrimp goby from the northern Red Sea. Electronic J. Ichthyol.3(1):18-25. (Ref. 59177)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00631 (0.00286 - 0.01390), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±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 (13 of 100) .