Valenciennea sexguttata (Valenciennes, 1837)
Sixspot goby
photo by Field, R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  14 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 25 m,
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea, Persian Gulf and East Africa to Samoa; north to Yaeyama Islands, Ryukyu Islands, south to Queensland, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 11-13. Description: Characterized by pale grey body color with faint pinkish stripe along lower side; cheek with blue to white spots; first dorsal fin with black tip; absence of filamentous dorsal spines; pointed caudal fin, longer in male, 2.9-3.6 in SL; longitudinal scale series 71-99; ctenoid body scales, becoming cycloid anterior to line from upper pectoral fin base to first dorsal fin origin and on abdomen; head or midline of nape without scales; side of nape with scales extending forward short distance anterior to gill opening; partly or fully scaled prepelvic area; depth of body 5.1-6.5 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits silty or sandy areas of lagoons and bays (Ref. 9710, 48637). Usually in pairs and lives in a burrow under rocks. Commonly seen in aggregations over large areas in lagoons of atolls. Monogamous (Ref. 52884).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 June 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 29.01.93
Modified by: Opitz, Silvia - 17.04.12
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 31.01.95

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