Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Asterropteryx: Greek, a = with + Greek, sterros, -a, -on = consistent + Greek, pteryx = fin (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 6 - 30 m (Ref. 31115). Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Indo-Australian Archipelago.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 31115)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9. Body whitish with a broad dark brown stripe from snout to base of caudal fin. Preopercle spines, 4-5. Ctenoid scales on head, cheek, opercle, and rest of the body except on pectoral base and prepelvic region where it is cycloid (Ref. 31115); characterized further by absence of prolonged spines; longitudinal scale series 24; 4-5 weak spines on rear edge of preopercle, similar size all spines; rounded caudal fin; depth of body 3.3-4.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Inhabits rubble bottoms in lagoons and sheltered coastal reefs. Typically hovers a short distance above the bottom, apparently to feed on zooplankton (Ref. 31115). Solitary or in small group (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R. and P. Munday, 1995. Description of four new Gobies (Gobiidae) from the Western Pacific Ocean. Rev. Fr. Aquariol. 22(3-4):99-104. (Ref. 31115)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
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
): 27 - 29.3, mean 28.7 (based on 1066 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00300 - 0.01455), 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
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .