Asterropteryx semipunctata  Rüppell, 1830

Starry 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).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 20 m (Ref. 9710).   Tropical; 30°N - 32°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 43239)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Body tan to black in color with light spots; midside with small elongate dark spots; short vertical bars or saddles above (Ref. 2798); characterized further byprolonged third dorsal spine , forms long filament in adult; longitudinal scale series 23-25; ctenoid scales; head scaled except snout and interorbital space; 3-9 close-set spines on edge of preopercle just above the corner; rounded caudal fin; depth of body 3.0-3.6 in SL (Ref 90102).

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to the Hawaiian, Line, and Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe and Rapa.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found on algal-coated reef rock and rubble of inner flats and turbid lagoons (Ref. 1602). Takes refuge in burrows or holes in the reef (Ref. 11441). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Solitary or in small group (Ref 90102).

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Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.3   ±0.2 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.