Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobionellinae
Etymology: Gillichthys: Theodore Nicolas Gill (1837-1914) researcher of abyssal fishes and systematics + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range 4 - ? m (Ref. 96339). Subtropical; 42°N - 20°N, 125°W - 106°W
Eastern Pacific: California, northern to central Gulf of California.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); common length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. reported age: 2 years (Ref. 56049)
Inhabits tidal flats, bays and coastal sloughs. Prefers mud bottom in shallow water. Non-emerging air-breather (Ref. 31184). Oviparous (Ref. 56079). Males guard the eggs which are found attached to the walls of brood chamber (Ref. 56079).
Female lays several thousand club-shaped eggs in nest built by male. Male guards eggs during 10-12 day incubation.
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 14.5 - 25.9, mean 22.3 (based on 138 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01148 (0.00576 - 0.02290), b=3.12 (2.95 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.35 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tmax=2;).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .