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Gladiogobius ensifer  Herre, 1933

Gladiator goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Gladiogobius: Latin, gladius = sword + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Herre.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 3 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical; 30°N - 9°S

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Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to western New Guinea, north to the Yaeyamas in the southern Ryukyus; Palau in Micronesia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 10. Large spine at lower posterior edge of preoperculum; characterized further by pale grey body color with narrow brown stripes and longitudinal rows of small white dots on side of body; lower side of body with row of five large rectangular brown blotches; irregular brown saddles along back; large grey spot above base of pectoral fin; elongate and filamentous fourth dorsal spine; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 23-25; head and nape without scales; ctenoid body scales except cycloid on abdomen, base of pectoral fin and prepelvic region; median predorsal scales absent; opening of gill not reaching to above edge of preopercle; moderately long cheek spine, 21-27% head length, not reaching posterior margin of opercular membrane; depth of body 4.8-5.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits tide pools of sandy intertidal areas of lagoons, bays, and river mouths. Also lives in sheltered sandy bays and estuaries among rubble and in lagoons along edges of coral patches. Usually found in small loose groups (Ref. 48637).

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Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 28 - 29.4, mean 28.8 (based on 1165 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00418 - 0.01902), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .