Stonogobiops nematodes Hoese & Randall, 1982
Filament-finned prawn-goby
photo by Tanaka, H.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  6 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Seychelles, the Philippines, and Bali, Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 11-11; Vertebrae: 26-26. Bright yellow from top of head to chin including most of iris; 2nd dorsal fin and caudal fin translucent yellow, both with diffuse light blue submarginal band and 4-5 rows of elliptical dark-edged blue spots; anal and pointed pectoral fins with yellowish rays. Naked thorax and pectoral base. Head pores absent. Dark head band ending on lower margin of preoperculum. Median predorsal region naked. Eye and mouth large. Angle of jaws 25 degrees. Longitudinal scale series 84, transverse 21. 1st 2 elongated spines and its membrane black.
Biology:  Occurs in pairs and live symbiotically with Alpheus randalli. The pair hover above the burrow's entrance on dark sandy bottoms. Inhabits deep coastal slopes and sand flats, usually in depth over 10 meters (Ref. 48637). Also found in sand-rubble bottoms (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 June 2018 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 24.05.91
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 03.04.13
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 07.06.94

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