Pungitius polyakovi Shedko, Shedko & Pietsch, 2005
photo by Shedko, S.V.

Family:  Gasterosteidae (Sticklebacks and tubesnouts)
Max. size:  5.05 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; marine
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: southeastern part of Sakhalin Island, Russia.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished from its congeners in having the following set of characters: membranes of dorsal-fin spines darkly pigmented (in specimens greater than 17 mm SL); spawning males with lower part of head and abdomen darkly pigmented; membranes of dorsal-fin spines black; membranes of pelvic-fin spine blue and white; pelvic-fin spine dark with lightly pigmented tip; anal-fin spine dark at base, blue and white distally; numerous small black dots on membranes between rays of dorsal and anal fins, resulting in an overall dark-grey coloration; no anteroventral branch of ectocoracoid (ectocoracoids not extending beneath junction of cleithra); no ascending branch on pelvic skeleton; modal number of dorsal-fin spines 10; presence of caudal peduncle keel (4-6 scutes), no lateral scutes on trunk absent; pelvic-fin spine with smooth lateral margins; posterior margin of caudal fin rounded (Ref. 86731).
Biology:  Males build, guard and aerate the nest where the eggs are deposited (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 29 January 2020 (B1ab(iii)) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.04.11
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 08.07.11

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