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 3 - 20 m (Ref. 86942), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Indo-Pacific: Amirante Islands to Kiribati, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Scott Reef in the eastern Indian Ocean and the northern Great Barrier Reef.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 8 - 9. Characterized by translucent head and body with overall brown to bluish hue, blending in well with background; longitudinal scale series 22-25; nape without scales; restricted gill opening to base of pectoral fin or slightly forward of base; relatively deep bodied, depth of body at anus 3.8-6.9 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Lives in association with the blue coral Heliopora coerulea (Ref. 34765).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Myers, R.F., 1999. Micronesian reef fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 216 p. (Ref. 34765)
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
): 25.7 - 29.3, mean 28.5 °C (based on 1943 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
): 3.0 ±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 = 459 [186, 1,188] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.33 [0.68, 2.78] mg/100g ; Protein = 18 [16, 20] % ; Omega3 = 0.141 [0.058, 0.317] g/100g ; Selenium = 21.3 [8.0, 54.9] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 134 [33, 517] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.95 [1.62, 5.26] mg/100g (wet weight);