Gobiodon heterospilos Bleeker, 1856
Head and tailspotted coralgoby
Gobiodon heterospilos
photo by Allen, G.R.

 Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
 Max. size:  6.6 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 20 m
 Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Characterized by plain blackish color of adult; juvenile with white body and pair of black stripes; head and tail with dark spots; absence of scales; complete pelvic fin frenum and basal membrane; depth of body at level of pelvic fins 3.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  A coral-commensal species (Ref. 72446). Solitary or in groups. Also found in sheltered lagoons and coastal reefs in 3-20 m (Ref 90102).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 18.09.97
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 23.07.13

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