Kelloggella cardinalis Jordan & Seale, 1906
Cardinal goby
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 2 m
Distribution:  Pacific: Ryukyu Is. to the Great Barrier Reef, east to New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, Palau, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18-19; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 8-9. Characterized by having blackish spots on cheek; fully united pelvic fins forming disc; rounded caudal fin, about equal to head length; absence of scales and head pores; tricuspid jaw teeth, enlarged outer row; depth of body 6.0 in SL (Ref. 90102); body green with red dorsal, anal, and caudal fins; SL to 25 mm (Ref. 1602).
Biology:  Intertidal, actively shuttling back and forth between rock pools and air (Ref. 31184). Feeds on algae and crustaceans. Tolerates a wide range of temperature and salinity (Ref. 1602). Breathes air when out of water (Ref. 31184).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 24.04.96
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 24.07.05

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