Asterropteryx spinosa (Goren, 1981)
Eyebar spiny goby
Asterropteryx spinosa
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  4.57 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 30 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Maldives to New Caledonia, north to southern Japan. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Thick dark bar under the eye, a short dark bar on the tail base, and a black spot at the front of first dorsal fin (Ref. 37816); characterized further by prolonged fourth dorsal spine, forming long filament in adult; longitudinal scale series 24; ctenoid scales on body, becoming cycloid anterior to pelvic and pectoral fins; 3-7 spines on rear edge of preopercle, lowermost often larger than others; rounded caudal fin; depth of body 3.7-4.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits lagoon reefs (Ref. 37816). Found on sandy and muddy bottoms of coral rubble (Ref. 43239). Depth range 1-30 (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 March 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 13.11.96
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 08.04.13

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