Discordipinna griessingeri Hoese & Fourmanoir, 1978
Spikefin goby
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 45 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to the Marquesan Islands (Ref. 2334); including Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-8; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Characterized by head white with brown spots; dorsal half on the body white with narrow orange stripes; orange caudal fins with three large brown spots on second dorsal and upper part of caudal fin; orange pectoral fin with white central portion; greatly prolonged first two dorsal spines; pectoral rays with filamentous tips; united pelvic fins forming disc, reaching to origin of anal fin; pointed caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 22-25; ctenoid scales anteriorly, ctenoid posteriorly; cheeks and operculum without scales; top of head with large scales; depth of body 5.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occurs in areas with live coral, rubble, and sand (Ref. 9710, 48637, 58302). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Secretive and not associated with burrows or prawns (Ref. 9710, 48637). Minimum depth reported from Ref. 27115.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 29.01.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 08.04.13

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