Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobionellinae
Etymology: Gobionellus: Diminutive of Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335). More on author: Gilbert.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; demersal; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Eastern Central Pacific: from Sonora, Mexico to Guayaquil, Ecuador; including freshwaters (above tidal influence) of Rio Grande at Miraflores in Panama.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55435); 11.9 cm SL (female)
soft rays: 13 - 14. This species differs from its congeners by the following characters: mouth terminal and slightly oblique; upper pectoral fin base dusky, not dark; a large dark patch above the pectoral fin base on trunk just beneath nape, most distinct in males and large females; second dorsal fin with 13 elements, anal fin with 14 elements; the first and second dorsal fins are not broadly connected; small ctenoid scales on the body posteriorly, with cycloid scales limited to anteriormost portion of trunk, 50-73 in a lateral series; nape with many small scales; first gill arch with 8 thin rakers on ceratobranchial and 7 on epibranchial; third transverse suborbital row of free neuromasts on cheek extending dorsally above horizontal midcheek row ‘b’, usually to orbit; horizontal midcheek row ‘b’ not extending forward beyond third transverse suborbital row (Ref. 55435).
Inhabits estuaries and brackish mangrove creeks. Also recorded from rivers (Ref. 45915).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Pezold, F., 2004. Redescriptions and synonymies of species of the American-west African genus Gobionellus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) with a key to species. Copeia 2004(2):281-297. (Ref. 55435)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00388 - 0.01125), b=3.07 (2.93 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .