Bryaninops earlei Suzuki & Randall, 2014
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  1.4 cm SL (male/unsexed); 1.25 cm SL (female)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range 4 - 8 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea (D’Entrecasteaux Islands).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-8; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI + I,7-8; A I,7-8; pectoral-fin rays modally 15, some of the middle rays branched; body scales reaching forward dorsally to between middle of opercle or slightly anterior to posterior margin of preopercle, no scales on midline of nape; longitudinal scale series 22-25; transverse scale rows 6 or 7; elongated body, its depth at anus 12-17% SL; head length 29-31% SL; head width slightly greater than head depth; head depth 49-62% HL; short snout, 24-30% HL; slightly protruding lower jaw is rounded in ventral view; gill opening extending forward to a vertical at or slightly beyond posterior edge of preopercle; wide gill opening, extending forward to below posterior edge of orbit; sensory canal not interconnecting above posterior edge of eye; absence of curved canine teeth on mid-side of lower jaw; rounded to truncate caudal fin; pelvic disc cup-like; pelvic frenum with a wide anteriorly-directed pocket; colour of head and body translucent, pale blue dorsally (with vertebral column visible as a dark brown band), crossed by 10 yellowish brown bars; body side yellowish brown, all of head and body densely speckled with dark brown (Ref. 94797).
Biology:  Collected on sea pen in seagrass bed (Ref. 94797).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 24.02.14

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