Gunnellichthys curiosus  Dawson, 1968

Curious wormfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Microdesmidae (Wormfishes) > Microdesminae
Etymology: Gunnellichthys: From Gunnel, a small eel shaped marine fish of unknown origin, 1686 (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 9 - 60 m (Ref. 27115), usually 10 - 60 m (Ref. 27115).   Tropical; 22°C - 27°C (Ref. 27115)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 20 - 21; Dorsal soft rays (total): 40-42; Anal soft rays: 38 - 40.

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Indo-Pacific: Seychelles and Mauritius to the Hawaiian and Society islands.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found over sand and rubble slopes (Ref. 48637, 58302) or mud bottoms and take refuge in burrows (Ref. 2334). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Solitary or paired. Feed primarily on benthic and pelagic crustaceans (Ref. 37816).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Randall, John E. | Collaborators

Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. (Ref. 2334)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5078   [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):  3.3   ±0.41 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.