Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Pleurosicya: Greek, pleura = side, ribe + Greek, sikya, -as = cucumber (Ref. 45335). More on author: Larson.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 32 m (Ref. 37816), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Indo-West Pacific: Chagos Archipelago to Papua New Guinea, north to the Philippines, south to northwestern Australia. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 7 - 9. Characterized by semi-transparent, with pale pink or reddish orange hue; covered with pepper-like pigmentation; snout with brown to reddish stripe on side; longitudinal scale series 22-26; head, nape, belly midline and breast without scales; opening of gill reaching to at least below edge of preopercle; depth of body at anus 5.3-7.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Inhabits solid sponges at moderate depths, usually in 10 meters or more, but probably depending on the occurrence of certain sponges (Ref. 48637). Collected from reef flats and lagoon and reef channels (Ref. 37816).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kailola, P.J., 1991. The fishes of Papua New Guinea: a revised and annotated checklist. Vol. III. Gobiidae to Molidae. Research Bulletin No. 41, Research Section, Dept. of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Papua New Guinea. 153 p. (Ref. 6771)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.7 - 28.8, mean 27.6 °C (based on 326 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00332 - 0.01511), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.2 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 294 [129, 686] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.06 [0.57, 2.08] mg/100g ; Protein = 18 [16, 20] % ; Omega3 = 0.131 [0.056, 0.270] g/100g ; Selenium = 22.2 [9.6, 52.8] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 145 [39, 506] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.59 [1.46, 4.45] mg/100g (wet weight);