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Paratrypauchen microcephalus  (Bleeker, 1860)

Comb goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Amblyopinae
Etymology: Paratrypauchen: The generic name is derived from the Greek Para, meaning beside or near, alluding to the similarity with Trypauchen. The gender is masculine..

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range 0 - 10 m (Ref. 86942).   Tropical

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Indo-West Pacific: Natal to Kenya, through India, Indonesia to the Philippines. Also known from Wakayama, Niigata and Kumamoto Prefecture (Japan), the Korean Peninsula, China, and Malaysia (Ref. 559). Also from Singapore, Mozambique (Ref. 92840).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4343)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 48-51; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 45 - 47

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits soft mud bottoms, river mouths areas near mangrove forests; omnivore feeding on benthic invertebrates like crustaceans (Ref. 92840). Burrows in mud or shingle areas in inshore and estuarine waters (Ref. 4343, 11230).

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Maugé, L.A., 1986. Gobiidae. p. 358-388. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 4343)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 23.6 - 29.2, mean 28.4 (based on 2768 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00437 (0.00174 - 0.01096), b=3.02 (2.80 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.