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Valenciennea wardii  (Playfair, 1867)

Ward's sleeper
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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 Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 35 m (Ref. 90102), usually 5 - 20 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 22°C - 27°C (Ref. 27115)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 112; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 11 - 12. Characterized by pale grey to whitish body color with three brown bars on side; blue-white band below eye; first dorsal fin with ocellated black spot; presence of narrow dark brown saddles below anterior part of second dorsal fin and dorsally on caudal peduncle; brown with narrow blue margin, outer half of caudal fin; without filamentous dorsal spines; rounded caudal fin, equal or slightly shorter than head; longitudinal scale series 70-88; ctenoid body scales, becoming cycloid anteriorly in front of first dorsal fin; head or midline of nape without scales; side of nape with scales extending forward slightly anterior to opening of gill; pectoral fin base and prepelvic area usually scaled; depth of body 5.0-5.5 in SL (Ref. 90102).

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Indo-Pacific: extremely rare, known from widely scattered localities in the Indian Ocean and western tropical Pacific.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in sandy areas of shallow lagoon reefs. Inhabits coastal bays and inner reefs, usually on deep silty slopes from about 15 meters down (Ref. 48637). Occurs in pairs (Ref. 90102).

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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. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00417 (0.00168 - 0.01037), b=3.10 (2.88 - 3.32), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100) .