goby - ROM2004_1046_1



Geography: Pacific Ocean, Central Pacific Ocean, Society Islands, Moorea. 100 m south of Passe Matauvau on southwest coast of island; opposite hoapiti village. Longitude: 1495236 W; Latitude: 173440 S
Date: July 12, 1989
maximum length=20.7 mm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassActinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
    • OrderGobiiformes
    • FamilyGobiidae
    • GenusPriolepis
    • SpecificEpithettriops
Object number: 60635
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DescriptionThis species reaches a maximum recorded length of 20.6 mm from snout tip to tail-fin base. It is rare, and has only been found to date on the coral reefs of Fiji and the Society Islands in the south Pacific. The common and scientific names refer to the distinctive black ocellated spot at the front of the first dorsal fin, which resembles a third eye. Specimens were collected on the reef slope with lots of coral rubble present or in the vicinity of sandy-floored channels in the reef. Like other members of the genus, this species appears to be closely associated with the substrate (sand or rubble bottom) and probably eats small copepod crustaceans (characterized by an elongated body and forked tail) and other tiny inhabitants of the coral reef.
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