Pleurosicya boldinghi Weber, 1913
Soft-coral goby
photo by Kuiter, R.H.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  4.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 5 - 82 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Aliwal Shoal, South Africa (Ref. 11228) to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6771).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-7; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 6-8. Characterized by semi-translucent body and fins, blend s well with soft coral or seapen; nape usually scaled to behind eyes; longitudinal scale series 22-25; wide gill opening, reaching forward to below posterior edge of eye; relatively deep bodied, depth of body at anus 3.8-5.8 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Lives on Dendronephthya soft corals, usually at depth of 20 meters or more in areas subject to strong currents. Large corals may play host to several individuals (Ref. 48637). Also found with Sarcophyton soft corals and sea pens in 5-82 m (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 24.02.97
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 23.07.13

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