Priolepis ailina Winterbottom & Burridge, 1993
photo by Winterbottom, R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  1.68 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 31 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: known only from French Polynesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: no fraenum, a high pectoral fin count of 19, a fifth pelvic ray that is 50% the length of the fourth and that branches only once, head bars very vague and difficult to discern, with the postocular bar joining the opercular bar, and a dark, pupil-diameter-width stripe from the eye to the corner of the mouth (Ref. 9018).
Biology:  Most specimens taken on the reef slope where coral rubble plentiful (Ref. 9018).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 08.04.02
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 18.10.11

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