Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 20 - 38 m (Ref. 78591). Tropical
Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea and Marshall Is.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 18. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI-I, 17; A I, 18; pectoral rays 18; scales in longitudinal series 78; scales absent on head, nape, or prepectoral area; body elongate, its depth 6.6 in SL; dorsal spines progressively longer to fourth, 4.05 in SL; caudal fin pointed and moderately long, 3.0 in SL; pectoral fins reaching to above anus, 3.8 in SL; pelvic fins not reaching anus, 4.65 in SL (Ref. 75899); characterized further by male with bluish body color, white abdomen, head and body covered with yellow spots, blue mid-dorsal stripe on head, yellow spotting on dorsal fin; female similar to male except for having irregular dark spots on first dorsal fin and yellow streaks instead of spotting; united pelvic fins, presence of well developed frenum; body covered with cycloid scales anteriorly, ctenoid posteriorly (Ref. 90102).
The alpheid Alpheus cf rapacida is the symbiotic snapping shrimp that shares the burrows with this species in both Papua New Guinea and Majuro (Ref. 78591). Found in estuaries, lagoons and sheltered reefs (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E., 2007. Descriptions of four new shrimpgobies of the genus Vanderhorstia from the Western Pacific. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 12(3):89-100. (Ref. 75899)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 26.5 - 28.5, mean 27.4 °C (based on 28 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00330 - 0.01518), b=3.09 (2.91 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.3 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.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).