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Gladiogobius rex  Shibukawa & Allen, 2007

King goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Gladiogobius: Latin, gladius = sword + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335);  rex: Named for its brave appearance with armature consisting of a very long , sword-like preopercle spine; Latin 'rex' for king.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 2 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical

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Indian Ocean: Andaman Sea to Red Sea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79803)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 9. Characterized by pale grey body color with narrow brown stripes and longitudinal rows of bluish white dots on side of body; lower side of body with row of five rectangular brown blotches; irregular brown markings on back; head with dark oblique lines; presence of large brown spot above pectoral fin base; dorsal spines sometimes with filamentous tips; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 23-25; head and nape without scales; ctenoid body scales except cycloid on abdomen, pectoral fin base and prepelvic region; median predorsal scales absent; opening of gill not reaching to above edge of preopercle; very long cheek spine, length about twice eye diameter and extending well beyond posterior margin of opercular membrane; depth of body 4.8-6.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits shoreline reefs and intertidal flats with sand, mud, or silt bottoms in 0-2 m (Ref. 90102).

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Shibukawa, K. and G.R. Allen, 2007. Review of the cheek-spine goby genus Gladiogobius (Actinopterygii, Perciformes, Gobiidae), with descriptions of two new species from the Indo-West Pacific. Bull. Natl. Mus. Nat. Sci., Ser. 33(4):193-206. (Ref. 79803)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 28.3 - 29.3, mean 28.8 (based on 1122 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00279 - 0.01364), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), 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 ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .