Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: steelei: Named for Mark H. Steele, California State University, Northridge, California. More on authors: Randall & Munday.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 5 m (Ref. 74955). Tropical
Eastern Pacific: Society Islands (French Polynesia).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 74955)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 16. This species is characterized by the following: D VI-I,15; A I,15 or 16 (rarely 15); pectoral rays 17 or 18; scales in longitudinal series 55-58; absence of scales on head, or predorsal or prepectoral areas; body elongate, with depth 6.4-7.25 in SL; orbit diameter 3.55-4.0 in HL; fourth dorsal spine longest, 3.85-4.3 in SL; caudal fin lanceolate and terminally bilobed, with the sixth and tenth branched rays longest, 2.3-2.5 in SL; pectoral fins extending to above or slightly beyond anus, 4.25-4.3 in SL; pelvic fins reaching beyond anus, 4.15-4.35 in SL; pelvic fins reaching beyond anus, 4.15-4.35 in SL; color in alcohol pale yellowish, the edges of scales brown; upper side of body with narrow dark bars from darker brown scale edges; a series of dark spots dorsally on body from dark brown scale edges; cheek and opercle light gray-brown with pale spots, some nearly as large as pupil; a blackish streak in groove above upper lip; median fins spotted (Ref. 74955).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E. and P.L. Munday, 2008. Vanderhorstia steelei, a new shrimpgoby from the Society Islands. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 14(1):35-41. (Ref. 74955)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.9 - 29, mean 27.9 °C (based on 95 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00454 - 0.02011), b=3.05 (2.88 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .