Silhouettea insinuans Smith, 1959
Phantom goby
Silhouettea insinuans
photo by SFSA

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  4.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: offshore islands in the western Indian Ocean and from Bazaruto, Mozambique northward. Also known from Western Australia (Ref. 49596) and Japan (Ref. 559).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 13-13. Yellowish in color, with white saddles and faint brown spots above; anal fin with dusky tips; chin black (Ref. 2798).
Biology:  Sand-dweller, occurs in areas where freshwater streams ran dead in beach sand (Ref. 4343). Generally found with Kraemeria samoensis Steindachner, 1906. Rarely in brackish water (Ref. 559).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 June 2017 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 05.05.94
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 24.07.05
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 11.07.94

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