Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Valenciennea: From Achille Valenciennes 1794-1865; he worked with Duméril, Cuvier and Lacepède since 1815; malacologist, author of a "Histoire naturelle des poissons" (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 30 m (Ref. 48637), usually 2 - 30 m (Ref. 27115). Tropical; 22°C - 27°C (Ref. 27115)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 13 - 16. Characterized by yellowish white to pale mauve body color; blue-edged orange stripe on cheek extending along lower side to base of caudal fin; presence of pair of orange-brown stripes on back; caudal fin with dark margin and white submarginal band; juvenile has yellow stripe on midside and pair of dark stripes on back; rhomboid caudal fin; length of caudal fin 3.1-3.6 in SL; longitudinal scale series 63-92; ctenoid body scales, becoming cycloid anteriorly below first dorsal fin and on abdomen; head or midline of nape without scales; side of nape partly scaled with patch extending forward to above posterior edge of preopercle; partly or fully scaled pectoral-fin base in adult; usually scaled prepelvic area in adult; depth of body 5.5-6.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Western Pacific: Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, Philippines, and from Western Australia to Sydney, New South Wales (Australia). Recently reported from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Occurs over fine, silty or muddy sand bottoms, Ref. 48637. Usually in pairs (Ref. 90102). Sifts large mouthfuls of sand to feed and dig its own burrow.
Hoese, D.F. and H.K. Larson, 1994. Revision of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Valenciennea, with descriptions of seven new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (23):71 p. (Ref. 8527)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .