Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Pleurosicya: Greek, pleura = side, ribe + Greek, sikya, -as = cucumber (Ref. 45335); larsonae: Named for Helen K. Larson, Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin, Australia. More on authors: Greenfield & Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 6 m (Ref. 58271). Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaii.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 58271)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7 - 8. This small species has the following characteristics: a broad head and moderate snout, eyes set dorsolaterally; second dorsal- and anal-fin rays I,7-I,8 (usually I,8); pectoral-fin rays 17-18 (usually 17); longitudinal scales 24; TRB 6; nape naked; pelvic fin rounded, cup-like, with fleshy, rounded pelvic spine lobes; tongue round; lower gill opening margin attached at level of preopercular margin; gill membranes broadly joined to isthmus; live color translucent with orange markings and some melanophores (Ref. 58271).
This species appears to be extremely cryptic, collected five times only in a total of 75 general ichthyocide collections, with 4 of those collections from a specific habitat, shallow patch reefs (0-4.6 m) with good circulation. The sixth collection from that specific habitat only occurred after a number of futile attempts to collect more individuals for photographs. This particular species was reported to have been at Haleiwa, O’ahu, living on Porites compressa (Ref. 58271). Benthic (Ref. 58302).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Greenfield, D.W. and J.E. Randall, 2004. The marine gobies of the Hawaiian Islands. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 55(27):498-549. (Ref. 58271)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00427 - 0.01860), b=3.08 (2.91 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±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 (10 of 100) .