Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Didogobius: From Dido, queen of Carthage who killed herself when abandoned by Aeneas; Greek, mithology; amicuscaridis: Name from Latin noun 'amicus' for friend and 'caris, caridis' for shrimp, refer to the obligatory association of the new species with shrimp burrows.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 7 - 25 m (Ref. 79573). Tropical; 1°N - 0°N
North Atlantic Ocean: São Tomé Island.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79573)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Body moderately elongate and laterally compressed, head moderately depressed; interorbital space very narrow, dorsolaterally positioned eyes. Mouth strongly oblique, lower jaw slightly projecting, posterior angle of jaws below mideye. Snout shorter than eye and rounded in dorsal view. Anterior nostril tubular (longer than diameter), without process from rim, barely reaching but not overlapping the upper lip; posterior nostril slightly erected, but not tubular. Chin lacking barbels. Upper lips anteriorly slightly thinner than laterally. Branchiostegal membrane attached along entire lateral margin; gill opening approximately at the level of lower edge of pectoral fin base. Cranial roof covered by dorsal axial musculature. Pectoral girdle without dermal flaps on anterior edge. Tongue truncate (Ref. 79573).
It was observed that only single specimens were found at the entrance of burrows of the axiid shrimp Axiopsis serratifrons; in depths from 7 m to 25 m (P. Wirtz, pers.comm. in Ref. 79573). Stomach contents visible on the radiograph of the holotype show at least 6 snails
of different families: one of Sinozona sp. (Scissurellidae), and several which most likely
belong to Rissoidae and Limacinidae (Schwabe, pers.comm. In Ref. 79573).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Schliewen, U.K. and M. Kovačić, 2008. Didogobius amicuscaridis spec. nov. and D. wirtzi spec. nov., two new species of symbiotic gobiid fish from São Tomé and Cape Verde islands. Spixiana 31(2):247-261. (Ref. 79573)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00871 (0.00414 - 0.01834), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±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 (10 of 100) .