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Asterropteryx ovata  Shibukawa & Suzuki, 2007

Oval-spot goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Asterropteryx: Greek, a = with + Greek, sterros, -a, -on = consistent + Greek, pteryx = fin (Ref. 45335);  ovata: Name from Latin 'ovata' meaning egg-shaped, refers from the large ovoid black spot on the base of caudal fin.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 15 - 40 m (Ref. 75136).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Sulawesi (Indonesia) and Ponape (Caroline Islands), including Japanese waters; probably more widely distributed in the area and the Indian Ocean.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75136)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. This species differs from the other species of the spinosa complex in having the following set of characters: cheek spines 3-6; largest cheek spine slender obviously longer than other spines, length 2.6-6.3% SL; a pupil- or eyesized ovoid black spot on base of caudal fin (extending anteriorly to third mid-lateral scale before posterior margin of hypural); head, body and dorsal fins when alive or fresh has numerous orange speckles; first dorsal fin with no distinct black spot (Ref. 75136); characterized further by having prolonged fourth dorsal spine, forms long filament in adult; longitudinal scale series 22-24; ctenoid predorsal and body scales; cycloid scales in cheek, opercle, pectoral-fin base and prepelvic area; rounded caudal fin; depth of body 3.2-3.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in coral-reef slopes in the protected bays, found solitary on muddy or sandy-mud bottoms with dead-coral rubbles under the heavy growth of corals (Ref. 75136).

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Shibukawa, K. and T. Suzuki, 2007. Two new species of the cheek-spine goby genus Asterropteryx (Perciformes: Goiidae: Gobiinae) from the western Pacific. Bull. Natl. Mus. Nat. Sci., Ser. A, Suppl 1:109-121. (Ref. 75136)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00631 (0.00286 - 0.01390), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .