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Gobiodon ater  Herler, Bogorodsky & Suzuki, 2013

Black coralgoby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Gobiodon: Latin, gobius = gudgeon + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335);  ater: Named for its uniformly black life colouration, including the eye; from the Latin words 'ater' for black.

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Marine; reef-associated.   Tropical

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Indo-West Pacific, Red Sea.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94082)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI+I,10; A I,8; head and body are naked; presence of a deep curved groove on isthmus; body and caudal peduncle slender (depth 37-41.2% and 13.8-14.7% SL, respectively); juveniles with rounded head, large adults slightly hump-headed; colour in juveniles and adults uniformly black, including iris; very small species (< 2.8 cm SL); females of breeding pairs usually significantly larger than males, recorded smallest highly gravid female is 1.85 cm SL (Ref. 94082).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This species is found in shallow water regions such as protected reef flats and reef crests. It is highly specialized and prefers fine-branched corals such as Acropora selago and small tabulate colonies of Acropora hyacinthus. Seldom occurs in other Acropora species, such as A. acuminata, A. samoensis, A. eurystoma and A. valida. Due to its black colouration it is sometimes difficult to detect within the dark interstices of narrow-branched Acropora colonies (Ref. 94082).

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Herler, J., S.V. Bogorodsky and T. Suzuki, 2013. Four new species of coral gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Gobiodon), with comments on their relationships within the genus. Zootaxa 3709(4):301-329. (Ref. 94082)

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 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±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) .