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Mistichthys luzonensis  Smith, 1902

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobionellinae
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Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 12 m.   Tropical, preferred ?; 14°N - 13°N

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Asia: found only in the Philippines in Lakes Buhi, Bato, Katugday and Manapao in Camarines Sur Province and along the Bicol River system. Threatened due to overfishing and predation by introduced fish species.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 1 - 1.1 cm
Max length : 2.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4865); max. reported age: 2 years (Ref. 48352)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-8; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 8 - 10. Fresh specimens transparent, with large eyes showing the only color, black. Males smaller than females, shorter and more slender. Head naked; body covered with deciduous scales. Scales in longitudinal series 23-24; in transverse series 6. Sides and back of head with few dark or black spots.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults occur from the shoreline to depths of at least 12 m. Caught with collapsible Y-shaped push-nets (sakag); also aggregated using a device (abung) wherein the fish comes to rest upon palm leaves and are then harvested using triangular nets (sarap). Sinarapan is a delicacy and of great economic importance to the communities around the lakes. Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as 'smallest food fish' (Ref. 6472).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Males sometimes mature below 1 cm; females a little over 1.1 cm. Spawning occurs in freshwater afterwhich eggs and larvae are washed down by the river current into the sea (Ref. 110258). The eggs are pelagic. Upon hatching, the young swims at the surface for a short while, then settles at the bottom.

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Herre, A.W.C.T., 1953. Check list of Philippine fishes. Res. Rep. U.S. Fish Wild. Serv., (20):977 p. (Ref. 280)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; aquarium: commercial
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