Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: rapa: From the word rapum, meaning turnip or rape (in reference to its minute golden yellow spots on head, body and fins like in rape blossoms) (Ref. 75057).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 25 - 50 m (Ref. 75057). Subtropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Northwest Pacific; oof southwest coast of Shikoku and Izu Islands (Japan)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 11. This species differs from other congeners in having the following characters: 11 segmented rays on second dorsal fin; 33-35 longitudinal scale count; no predorsal scales; 11-12 transverse scale count from origin of second dorsal fin backward and downward to anal-fin base; naked pectoral-fin base; third spine of first dorsal fin longest, slightly elongate and filamentous; sensory-papillae row comprising four sensory papillae; a deep trough along posterior margin of eyes (Fig. 5B); first dorsal fin with numerous minute scattered yellow spots and no yellow submarginal lines; four faint brownish (tinged with yellow) mid-lateral blotches (rather than saddle-like bars) on body (Ref. 75057).
Occurs in coarse sandy bottom around rubble area, and found to be symbiotically associated with the alpheid shrimps (Ref. 75057).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Iwata, A., K. Shibukawa and N. Ohnishi, 2007. Three new species of the shrimp-associated Goby genus Vanderhorsitia (Perciformes:Gobiidae: Gobiinae) from Japan, with re-descriptions of two related congeners. Bull. Natl. Mus. Nat. Sci. Ser. A, Suppl. 1:185-205. (Ref. 75057)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this 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.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .