Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Minysicya: Name from Greek 'minys' meaning small, for its very small adult size (1.5 cm being the largest ) and 'sikya', an old Greek word for cupping glass, refers to the cup-shaped pelvic fins.; caudimaculata: Named for the black spot at the caudal fin base.. More on author: Larson.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 38 m (Ref. 76968). Subtropical
Indo-Western Central Pacific: Australia, Japan, Tuamotus and French Polynesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76968); 1.5 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 7 - 8;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is characterized by the following: small, slender with D1 VI, D2 and A I, 8; pectoral rays all unbranched, often with 14 rays, none are thickened; 22-24 longitudinal scales; 6-7 TRB; ctenoid scales on body, extending forward to just above pectoral base, but not onto head; small, fused pelvic fins forming a narrow cup, usually with a very narrow anteriorly-facing fold on fraenum, no or almost no fleshy development on pelvic spines; reduced sensory papillae on head; oculoscapular canals on head separate, with 2 anterior and 2 posterior interorbital pores, posterior oculoscapular and nasal pores absent, preopercular pores 3; no canine teeth; protrusible upper jaw, opening downward; translucent body with 6 red internal bars and small black spots on base of caudal fin (Ref. 76968).
Apparently inhabits over open sand or up in the water column. Collected using rotenone over Halimeda or Caulerpa or Zostera beds (Ref. 76968).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Larson, H.K., 2002. A new genus of small coral-reef goby (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Indo-west Pacific, with discussion of it's relationships. The Beagle Records of the Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 18:63-71. (Ref. 76968)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 20.3 - 28.8, mean 27.2 (based on 284 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00427 - 0.01860), b=3.08 (2.91 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.3 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) .