Crystallodytes enderburyensis Schultz, 1943
Crystallodytes enderburyensis
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Creediidae (Sandburrowers)
Max. size:  7.4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range - 15 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Kiribati (Phoenix Is.), French Polynesia (Marquesas and Society islands) and Pitcairn.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 40-43; Anal soft rays: 38-41. This species is characterized by the following features: D 40-43; A 38-41; pectoral rays 12-13; pelvic rays I,5; caudal rays branched 8 while rays of other fins are unbranched; lateral line descend gradually from the upper end of the gill opening to the lower edge of caudal peduncle, pored scales 57-60; rounded lateral-line scales; naked head and body except for the lateral line scales; depth of body 9.3-12.5 in SL; fleshy upper lip; lips no cirri; anal-fin origin below the 4th or 5th dorsal-fin ray; in life colour is translucent white and some individuals with small dark saddles on back (Ref. 54980). Differs from Crystallodytes cookei by the following characters: D 40-43 (vs. 36-39); A 38-41 (vs. 34-38); pectoral rays 12-13 (vs. 10-11); lateral line scales 57-60 (Ref. 86689).
Biology:  This species inhabits coarse sand or fine gravel in exposed tidepools and the spur and groove habitat (Ref. 54980).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 20.03.17
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 27.03.17

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