Vanderhorstia mertensi Klausewitz, 1974
Mertens' prawn-goby
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  11 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 10 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and Japan. Reported from Papua New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef (Ref. 9710). Introduced to the Mediterranean (Ref. 94612, 95871, 96570).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Occurs in coastal reefs, on sand or mud (Ref. 9710). Hovers near the entrance of burrows (Ref. 9710)
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 June 2017 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 03.06.96
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 05.12.13

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