Gunnellichthys pleurotaenia Bleeker, 1858
Onestripe wormfish
Gunnellichthys pleurotaenia
photo by Winterbottom, R.

 Family:  Microdesmidae (Wormfishes), subfamily: Microdesminae
 Max. size:  12 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 15 m
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Java and the Philippines to western Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Rowley Shoals and the southern Great Barrier Reef. Throughout Micronesia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 20-21; Dorsal soft rays (total): 38-41; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 36-40. Description: Characterized by generally pale grey to yellow-white body color; presence of narrow orange-brown to blackish stripe from snout to tail base; partly scaled head; origin of dorsal fin slightly posterior to level of pectoral fin base; rounded caudal fin; depth of body 11.5-16 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Inhabits shallow, flat and sandy areas (Ref. 1602). Solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102). Found near seagrass or mangrove habitats (Ref. 48637). Often less than 3 m, sometimes over 8 m depth (Ref. 1602).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.03.93
 Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 22.06.16

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