Ptereleotris grammica Randall & Lubbock, 1982
Lined dartfish
Ptereleotris grammica
photo by Pelicier, D.

 Family:  Microdesmidae (Wormfishes), subfamily: Ptereleotrinae
 Max. size:  10 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 30 - 60 m
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Mauritius and Maldives to the Solomon Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the Great Barrier Reef.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-27; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 23-26; Vertebrae: 26-26. Whitish head and body with 3 narrow stripes. Chin with a low, longitudinal, median fold. Scales close-set, embedded or partially embedded, non imbricate (except posteriorly). 1st dorsal fin higher than 2nd, 3rd - 5th spines of adults filamentous; 2nd dorsal with alternating blue and orange-yellow stripes.
 Biology:  Occurs on rubble or sandy areas of seaward reefs (Ref. 9710, 48637). Solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102). Burrows occasionally.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   

 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.06.91
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 02.07.13
 Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 20.07.94

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