Amblygobius cheraphilus Allen & Erdmann, 2016
East Indies siltgoby
Amblygobius cheraphilus
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.74 cm SL (male/unsexed); 3.29 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 6 - 14 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea; Japan (Ryukyu Is.), Indonesia (Bali and Flores), Micronesia (Yap), but probably ranges widely in the East Indian Ocean.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 13-14; Vertebrae: 26-26. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI + I,13-14; A I,13-14; caudal fin moderately lanceolate, in adults slightly longer than head length; longitudinal scales 56-60; transverse scales 15-17; body scales are entirely cycloid; scaleless on head except side of nape with 14-18 rows of cycloid scales; color when alive grayish with two dark reddish-brown stripes on head and body; the upper stripe across snout, through mid-eye, ending below middle of soft dorsal fin, while the lower stripe from rear maxilla to middle base of caudal fin with portion on opercle containing a prominent oval dark-brown spot (usually larger than pupil) and stripe ending in a prominent triangular dark brown spot on caudal-fin base; small brown saddles along the back and across predorsal region; small (slightly less than pupil size) ocellus on the upper rays of caudal fin (Ref. 114936).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.11.18

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