Vanderhorstia auronotata Randall, 2007
Gold-marked shrimpgoby
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.83 cm SL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 20 - 25 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-14; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 15-15. This species is diagnosed using the following characters: D VI-I, 14; A I, 15; pectoral rays 17-18; scales in longitudinal series about 55; scales on head, nape and prepectoral area absent; body elongate, depth 5.55 in SL; orbit diameter 4.05 in HL; third dorsal spine longest, 3.95 in SL; caudal fin long and very pointed, 2.5 in SL; pectoral fins reaching to above origin of anal fin, 3.6 in SL; pelvic fins just reaching anus, 4.9 in SL (Ref. 75899). Description: Characterized further by pale blue grey color with four narrow brown bars on side; base of caudal fin with broad semicircular bar; three dark-edged vertical yellow lines between each dark bar and two lines before first bar; cheek and opercle with dark-edged orange spots; dark brown blotch on upper part of opercle; united pelvic fins, presence of well developed frenum; cycloid scales covering body anteriorly, ctenoid posteriorly (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Found in sloping silty sand bottoms in 20-25 m (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.06.08
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 23.07.13

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