Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Priolepis: Greek, prio = to saw + Greek,lepis = scale (Ref. 45335); nuchifasciata: Name from Latin nucha meaning nape and fascia meaning band, referring to the banding pattern on the head; noun in apposition (Ref. 9018). More on author: Günther.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 5 - 30 m (Ref. 90102). Subtropical
Western Pacific: confined in the area, Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines to Hong Kong, westward to the Gulf of Thailand; probably in Vietnam; questionable in Oman (unreported specimens).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9002)
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 6 - 8. Distinguished from its congeners in having a pelvic fraenum and branched dorsal-fin rays (Ref. 9018); characterized by reddish to mauve with dark scale margins forming network on side of body; head and upper back below dorsal fin with series of dark-edged pale grey to whitish bars; pair of bars found anterior to pectoral fin forming inverted "Y"; sometimes with yellow head; longitudinal scale series 23-26; ctenoid body scales to level of base of pectoral fin; predorsal, cheek, opercle, prepelvic area and base of pectoral fin without scales; absence of vertical rows of papillae on cheek; depth of body 3.0-3.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Found in rocky estuary reefs, in small caves, usually in pairs (Ref. 9002). Cryptic (Ref. 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kuiter, R.H., 1993. Coastal fishes of south-eastern Australia. University of Hawaii Press. Honolulu, Hawaii. 437 p. (Ref. 9002)
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
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.7 - 29.3, mean 28.6 (based on 2079 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [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
): 3.2 ±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) .