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: opercularis: Named opercularis due to its prominent black spot on the opercle (Ref. 59177). More on author: Randall.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 27 - 40 m (Ref. 59177). Tropical, preferred ?
Western Indian Ocean: Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 59177)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 12. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VI-I,12; A I,12; pectoral rays 18-20; scales in longitudinal series on body 40; scales ctenoid posteriorly, cycloid anteriorly; head or prepectoral area without scales, those posteriorly on nape embedded and difficult to count; body depth 4.85-5.5 in SL; third dorsal spine of male filamentous, 2.35-2.95 in SL; caudal fin pointed and long, 1.95 in SL (in paratype; appears to have been injured and regenerating in holotype); paired fins extending beyond origin of anal fin; body with four dusky bars, each with a large darker spot; an oblique blackish bar from nape across posterior head containing a black spot on opercle; numerous small pale spots (orange-yellow in life) on head, body, and fins except pectorals (Ref. 59177).
Associated with alpheid shrimps, sharing the same burrow maintained by the shrimp (generally as a pair) and guarded by the goby (Ref. 59177).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E., 2007. Vanderhorstia opercularis, a new shrimp goby from the northern Red Sea. Electronic J. Ichthyol.3(1):18-25. (Ref. 59177)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00589 (0.00266 - 0.01303), b=3.12 (2.93 - 3.31), 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 (13 of 100) .