Parioglossus philippinus (Herre, 1945)
Philippine dartfish
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Microdesmidae (Wormfishes), subfamily: Ptereleotrinae
Max. size:  3.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range - 10 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-19; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 16-19. Description: Characterized by semi-translucent greyish body color; white belly; yellowish snout; cheek with blue markings; pale yellow stripe from eye to upper caudal peduncle, ending in series of blue spots; middle of caudal fin base with black spot; longitudinal scale series 61-81; presence of head pores around top and rear margin of each eye and two preopercular pores (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits lower reaches of rivers and sheltered reefs (Ref. 37816). Found in small groups on silty reefs to about 10 meters depth (Ref. 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 22.09.97
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 02.07.13

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