Exyrias ferrarisi Murdy, 1985
Ferraris' goby
photo by Tonozuka, T.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  11 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 8 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: the Philippines, Indonesia and nominal records in Vanuatu.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 9-9; Vertebrae: 26-26. Ground color off-white; a large, circular brown spot antero-dorsal to pectoral- fin base; small, brown spots on snout, cheeks, opercula, pectoral-fin base and nape; all fins spotted. Predorsal scales 8. Cycloid scales on nape and isthmus. Cheeks and opercula fully scaled. Spines I-IV of 1st dorsal fin filamentous, III longest; characterized further by having pointed caudal fin, less than 25% SL; longitudinal scale series 31-32; depth of body 3.4-3.5 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102). Inhabits shallow, well protected bays and estuaries. On sand or mud along algae-reef margins (Ref. 48637). Specimen collected from a patch reef, 2-3 m in depth.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 23.07.13
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 01.08.94

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