Gobiopsis atrata (Griffin, 1933)
New Zealand black goby
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Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  8.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 30 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 10-10. Uniformly dark brown or black with irregular markings on head and operculum and a conspicuous white semi-circular marking on shoulder at base of pectoral fin. Larger individuals mottled with irregular blotches on head and body. Pectoral, pelvic and anal fins becoming paler distally.
Biology:  Occurs in rock pools and deeper reefs, usually in narrow crevices where fine silt accumulates. Secretive and usually only the head is seen protruding out of the crevice; will retreat when disturbed.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 13.02.98
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 24.07.05

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