Grallenia compta Allen & Erdmann, 2017
Ornamented goby
photo by Erdmann, M.V.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  1.62 cm SL (male/unsexed); 1.73 cm SL (female)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 14 - 15 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 8-9; Vertebrae: 27-27. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI + I,8-9; A I,8-9; the first dorsal fin is fully erect and rectangular, first spine not produced into filament in either sex; no head pores; posterior longitudinal scales 15-20, usually extending forward to about level of second dorsal-fin origin, but body anterior to level of middle of second dorsal fin mainly scaleless; body depth at pelvic-fin origin 14.0-16.4% SL; colour in life translucent with scattered orange-brown to orange markings consisting of a mid-lateral row of short, horizontal, orange-brown lines; small orange spots on the back, a row of horizontally ovate spots on lower side; iris pinkish orange and 4-5 dark-brown spots on dorsal scleral surface of each eye; fins translucent with numerous white speckles, sometimes with a pair of orange stripes on first and second dorsal fins (Ref. 116128).
Biology:  Occurs in large (5-10 m2 ), flat, sandy areas surrounded by live coral at about 14-15 m (Ref. 116128).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 01.09.17

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