Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobionellinae
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; amphidromous (Ref. 51037); depth range 1 - 1000 m (Ref. 58302). Tropical; 30°N - 25°S, 140°E - 160°W
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 7 - ? cm
Max length : 24.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26668); 16.5 cm (female)
Oceania: Mariana Islands south to Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji.
Benthic (Ref. 58302). Adults occur from lowland streams and rivers to relatively swift streams at elevations of 1000 m. They often burrow into the substrate with only the eyes showing; feed on filamentous algae, worms, crustaceans, various insects and insects larvae, and suspended food particles; has been long favored as food by the early Hawaiians (Ref. 44091). Larvae develop and metamorphose in the marine zooplankton and as juveniles, about 161 days old, recruit to freshwater streams, where they undergo rapid growth and morphological changes necessary for upstream migration to the adult habitat (Ref. 51037).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Adults move downstream to their prime breeding just above the estuary; males select crevices and caves formed by rocks on the stream bed where the females will lay their eggs; males guard nests until larvae hatch a day later (Ref. 44091).
Watson, R.E., 1992. A review of the gobiid fish genus Awaous from insular streams of the Pacific Plate. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 3(2):161-176. (Ref. 26668)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [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
): 2.2 ±0.1 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tm=1-2 and Fec<1000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (20 of 100) .