Priolepis kappa Winterbottom & Burridge, 1993
Kappa reefgoby
Priolepis kappa
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.55 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 20 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Comoros to Taiwan and Fiji. Recently reported from OuvĂ©a Atoll, Loyalty Islands (Ref. 13236) and Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: no fraenum; a high pectoral fin count of 18-19; pelvic ray subequal o the fourth; position of the head bars with postocular bar joining the opercular bar at a level with the eye; scale pockets strongly outlined with melanophores and brown chromatophores (Ref. 9018); characterized further by yellowish brown body with darker brown scale edges; body with six narrow whitish bars; longitudinal scale series 23-26; head and nape without scales; ctenoid body scales except cycloid on abdomen; bony interorbital space half pupil diameter; cheek with single vertical row of papillae; depth of body 4.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits reef crevices (Ref. 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 March 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 06.08.97
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 23.07.13

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