Pleurosicya coerulea Larson, 1990
Blue coral ghost goby
Pleurosicya coerulea
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.2 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 20 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Amirante Islands to Kiribati, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Scott Reef in the eastern Indian Ocean and the northern Great Barrier Reef.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-9. Characterized by translucent head and body with overall brown to bluish hue, blending in well with background; longitudinal scale series 22-25; nape without scales; restricted gill opening to base of pectoral fin or slightly forward of base; relatively deep bodied, depth of body at anus 3.8-6.9 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Lives in association with the blue coral Heliopora coerulea (Ref. 34765).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 March 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 11.07.00
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 09.06.15

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