Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Priolepis: Greek, prio = to saw + Greek,lepis = scale (Ref. 45335); inhaca: Named for its type locality, Inhaca Island, Mozambique (Ref. 10753). More on author: Smith.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 12 - 26 m (Ref. 1602). Tropical; 30°N - 27°S
Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Taiwan and the Society Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2798)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. This species has a few, relatively narrow (less than pupil diameter) light bars on the head (Ref. 37816); characterized by pinkish grey with dark brown scale edges forming a network; presence of three pale vertical lines below eye and interconnected pale lines on top of head; absence of pelvic frenum; longitudinal scale series 26-28; predorsal scales 12-17; ctenoid body scales; cycloid scales on pectoral fin base, breast and midlaterally on abdomen; opercle of adult with cycloid scales; predorsal scales absent; posterior edge of tubular posterior nostril adherent to edge of orbit; cheek with single vertical row of papillae; depth of body 4.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Has been collected from lagoons and drop-offs (Ref. 1602). Also found in reef crevices (Ref. 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hoese, D.F., 1986. Gobiidae. p. 774-807. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 2798)
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
): 25.2 - 28.9, mean 27.7 °C (based on 214 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
): 3.1 ±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 (10 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 237 [113, 564] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.11 [0.60, 2.10] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.4 [16.6, 20.2] % ; Omega3 = 0.184 [0.086, 0.355] g/100g ; Selenium = 21.5 [10.0, 46.7] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 137 [37, 446] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.33 [1.38, 3.79] mg/100g (wet weight);