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Vanderhorstia nobilis  Allen & Randall, 2006

Majestic shrimpgoby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: nobilis: Named for its common name, Majestic shrimpgoby, Latin 'nobilis' meaning noble, English translation of which is a synonym of 'majestic'..   More on author: Randall.

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Marine; demersal; depth range 5 - 30 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Philippines and Indonesia.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)

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Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 17. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D VI-I, 16; A I, 17; pectoral rays 17-18; scales in longitudinal series 63-68; without scales on head, nape, or prepectoral area; ctenoid scales posteriorly, cycloid anterior to base of sixth dorsal spine; males with elongate body (depth 6.9 in SL), females stouter (depth 5.2-5.3 in SL); gill opening extending forward nearly to a vertical at posterior edge of orbit; dorsal spines progressively longer to third (at least 3.65-4.0 in SL); caudal fin long and pointed (1.9-2.2 in SL); pectoral fins in male reaching to above anal fin origin, or to anus in females, 4.2-4.4 in SL; pelvic fins do not reach base of first anal soft ray (4.1 in SL); distinct colour pattern features of males include a mid-dorsal, neon blue stripe on head, irregular orange spots, bars, and bands on cheek, operculum, and adjacent pectoral fin base, a pair of broad brownish-orange stripes on dorsal half of body edged with pair of narrower stripe of pale blue (clearly evident anteriorly, but becoming diffuse or forming clusters of scattered blue spot/flecks on posterior half ), a dark brown to subtle light brown orange spot (sometimes greatly reduced) on first dorsal fin between second and fifth spines, a dark submarginal stripe on posterior two-thirds of anal fin, and small orange spots covering pelvic fin; females similar, but markings on side less vivid and with distinctive brownish to bright orange yellow spot narrowing distally to middle of fin (Ref. 75784).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits silty-sand bottoms in sheltered waters, singly or in male/female pairs. Shares the same burrows with unidentified species of Alpheus, a snapping shrimp (Ref. 75784).

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Allen, G.R. and J.E. Randall, 2006. Vanderhorstia nobilis, a new species of shrimpgoby for Indonesia and the Philippines. Aqua Int. J. Ichthyol. 12(1):39-44. (Ref. 75784)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 28.5 - 29.3, mean 28.9 (based on 737 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00281 - 0.01352), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), 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 (15 of 100) .