Priolepis compita Winterbottom, 1985
Crossroads goby
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range - 45 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: south to Sodwana Bay, South Africa (Ref. 11228) and east to the Marquesas Islands (Ref. 41656).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Characterized by head and anterior of body, yellowish with black-white bars, three of the vertical bars on postorbital head and nape connected to horizontal white line; absence of pelvic frenum; longitudinal scale series 23-26; ctenoid scales on body, becoming cycloid anteriorly; head, nape, pectoral fin base and breast without scales; reduced pattern of cheek papillae; opening of gill extending forward to below posterior margin of eye; depth of body 3.5-4.2 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits coral reefs in 10-30 m (Ref. 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 24.02.97
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 08.06.15

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