Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Mauligobius: From Maul, ichthyiologist that studied the fishes from Madeira and Canary Islands + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335). More on author: Günther.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; demersal. Tropical
Eastern Atlantic: Nigeria to Equatorial Guinea and offshore islands (Ref. 4343, 79590). Also collected from Banana (Congo River estuary), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 31982). The lack of reliable data for West African specimens suggest that it might be restricted to the Cape Verde Islands (Ref. 57403, 79590).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79590)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8 - 9. Diagnosis: anterior nostril with rim process divided into several tentacles (Ref. 39517, 57403, 79590). Scales on lower cheek and operculum; 40-46 ctenoid scales in longitudinal series (including about 4-6 scales on the caudal fin base), and 15-17 in rearward transverse series; 1st dorsal fin: VI; second dorsal fin: I,10; anal fin: I,8-9; pectoral fins: 24-26, outer (dorsal) 9-10 rays short, multifid and free from membrane (Ref. 57403, 79590). Anal fin base shorter than caudal peduncle (Ref. 39517).
Coloration: Preserved specimens: head with dark mottling (Ref. 39517, 57403, 79590). Body dark, with about a dozen small spots along the lateral midline (Ref. 39517, 57403, 79590), darker in color than the background pigmentation (Ref. 57403), but lacking vertical dark bars (Ref. 39517). 1st and 2nd dorsal fins with 2-3 oblique rows of small white spots; pelvic fins/disc paler than other fins (Ref. 39517, 57403, 79590). In life: body chestnut-brown , with dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins spotted with brown; anal and pelvic fins blackish (Ref. 57403, 79590).
Occurs inshore (Ref. 4343). Although possibly entering estuaries, this species is more likely a benthic inhabitant (Ref. 57403, 79590) of marine intertidal zones (Ref. 27000, 57403, 79590). Collected in shallow water among large lava-pebbles under strong wave action, and smaller examples came from a boundary area between rocks and sand at 2-4m depth (Ref. 39517). Maximum total length reported 8.7 cm (Ref. 57403).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Harrison, I.J., P.J. Miller and F. Pezold, 2003. Gobiidae. p. 625-666 In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux douce et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, Tome 2. Coll. Faune et Flore tropicales 40. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgique, Museum National d'Histoire Naturalle, Paris, France and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France. 815 p. (Ref. 57403)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [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
): 3.3 ±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 (15 of 100) .