Hetereleotris exilis Shibukawa, 2010
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Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.21 cm SL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range - 53 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Ryukyu Is., Japan..
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 11-11; Vertebrae: 27-27. This species differs from its congeners in having the following set of characters: D VI-I,12; A I,11; pelvic-fin rays I,5 with the innermost (= fifth) segmented pelvic-fin ray unbranched, long, subequal to preceding ray in length; elongated body, depth at anal-fin origin 11.9% of SL; cycloid scales, restricted on posterior part of body (ca. 14-15 longitudinal scales); sensory canals and associated pores on head absent (Ref. 84003).
Biology:  The holotype, a mature female with numerous developed eggs in the ovary, was dredged at 53 m depth. No habitat information is known (Ref. 84003).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 23.04.10

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