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Vanderhorstia lepidobucca  Allen, Peristiwady & Erdmann, 2014

Scalycheek shrimpgoby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: lepidobucca: Name from Latin word meaning scaly-cheek, with reference to the unique head scalation.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 30 - 40 m (Ref. 95856).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Indonesia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 14. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI-I,13; A I,14; pectoral rays 18; 51-55 scales in longitudinal series; 17-18 predorsal scales; scales on upper anterior corner of operculum; fully-scaled cheeks; with pre-pectoral scales; posterior scales ctenoid but cycloid on head and anterodorsal part of body; 3-5 + 12-15 gill rakers; gill opening extends forward nearly to a vertical at posterior edge of orbit; relatively low dorsal fin, no elongated spines, longest spine 1.9-2.8 in HL; long and pointed caudal fin, 2.2-2.8 in SL; sexual dichromatism none; mid-dorsal, neon blue stripe on head; on side of snout and cheek are irregular orange bands; middle of operculum with prominent yellow and blue-margined black spot; along middle of side with about 16-18 short brown bars; first dorsal fin blue, pale yellow low basally, just below middle of fin with row of large, irregular yellow spots (one between each spine), and tip of each spine yellow; second dorsal fin blue with a pair of yellow stripes; anal fin mainly yellow except blue on distal third; caudal fin blue with a large yellow spot medially at base from which pale yellow rays radiate posteriorly; pectoral fins with pair of large yellow spots at base and neon blue marking on uppermost part of base (Ref. 95856).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs on silty-sand bottoms in sheltered water exposed to periodic strong currents. It lives in burrows and presumably, like other members of the genus, is associated with snapping shrimps of the genus Alpheus (Ref. 95856).

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Allen, G.R., T. Peristiwady and M,V. erdmann, 2014. Vanderhorstia lepidobucca, a new species of shrimpgoby from Sulawesi, Indonesia. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 20(2):81-86. (Ref. 95856)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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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 (11 of 100) .