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Family: Microdesmidae Wormfishes



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Western Central Pacific.
Max. Length 2.4 cm TL
Aioliops brachypterus Rennis & Hoese, 1987

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Aioliops brachypterus
[Shortfin minidartfish]



Western Central Pacific.
Max. Length 3 cm SL
Aioliops megastigma Rennis & Hoese, 1987

Photo by Photo by Tibbatts, B.
 
Aioliops megastigma
[Bigspot minidartfish]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 2.3 cm TL
Aioliops novaeguineae Rennis & Hoese, 1987

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Aioliops novaeguineae
[New guinea minidartfish]
No picture found


 
Aioliops tetrophthalmus
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 3.8 cm SL

 
Cerdale fasciata
[]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 9 cm TL
Cerdale floridana Longley, 1934

Photo by Photo by Smith, D.G.
 
Cerdale floridana
[Pugjaw wormfish]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 7.5 cm TL
Cerdale ionthas Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Cerdale ionthas
[Spotted worm goby]
No picture found


 
Cerdale paludicola
[]
No picture found


 
Cerdale prolata
[]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 6.2 cm SL
Clarkichthys bilineatus (Clark, 1936)

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Clarkichthys bilineatus
[Flagtail wormfish]
No picture found


 
Gunnellichthys copleyi
[]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm SL
Gunnellichthys curiosus Dawson, 1968

Photo by Photo by Ryanskiy, A.
 
Gunnellichthys curiosus
[Curious wormfish]
No picture found


 
Gunnellichthys grandoculis
[]
No picture found


 
Gunnellichthys irideus
[]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Gunnellichthys monostigma Smith, 1958

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Gunnellichthys monostigma
[Onespot wormfish]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm SL
Gunnellichthys pleurotaenia Bleeker, 1858

Photo by Photo by Winterbottom, R.
 
Gunnellichthys pleurotaenia
[Onestripe wormfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm SL
Gunnellichthys viridescens Dawson, 1968

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Gunnellichthys viridescens
[Yellowstripe wormfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 5.7 cm SL

 
Microdesmus aethiopicus
[]
No picture found


 
Microdesmus affinis
[Olivaceous wormfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 7.5 cm SL

 
Microdesmus africanus
[]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 5.1 cm SL
Microdesmus bahianus Dawson, 1973

Photo by Photo by Macieira, R.M.
 
Microdesmus bahianus
[]



Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 5.3 cm SL
Microdesmus carri Gilbert, 1966

Photo by Photo by Smith, D.G.
 
Microdesmus carri
[Stippled wormfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 8.8 cm SL

 
Microdesmus dipus
[Banded worm goby]



Eastern Central Pacific

Microdesmus dorsipunctatus Dawson, 1968

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Microdesmus dorsipunctatus
[Spotback wormfish]
No picture found


 
Microdesmus hildebrandi
[]
No picture found


 
Microdesmus intermedius
[]
No picture found


 
Microdesmus knappi
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 6 cm TL

 
Microdesmus lanceolatus
[Lancetail wormfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 27 cm TL
Microdesmus longipinnis (Weymouth, 1910)

Photo by Photo by Smith, D.G.
 
Microdesmus longipinnis
[Pink wormfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 4.6 cm SL

 
Microdesmus luscus
[Blind wormfish]
No picture found


 
Microdesmus multiradiatus
[]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 11 cm TL
Microdesmus retropinnis Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Microdesmus retropinnis
[Rearfin wormfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 10.5 cm SL

 
Microdesmus suttkusi
[Spotside wormfish]



Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 4.1 cm SL
Navigobius dewa Hoese & Motomura, 2009

Photo by Photo by Motomura, H.
 
Navigobius dewa
[]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 2.3 cm SL
Navigobius vittatus Allen, Erdmann & Cahyani, 2015

Photo by Photo by Erdmann, M.V.
 
Navigobius vittatus
[Brunei dartfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 9 cm TL
Nemateleotris decora Randall & Allen, 1973

Photo by Photo by Brett, O.J. / www.tropicalfavourites.com
 
Nemateleotris decora
[Elegant firefish]



Indian Ocean
Max. Length 6.6 cm SL
Nemateleotris exquisita Randall & Connell, 2013

Photo by Photo by Bukkems, J.
 
Nemateleotris exquisita
[]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 6 cm TL
Nemateleotris helfrichi Randall & Allen, 1973

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Nemateleotris helfrichi
[Helfrichs' dartfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 9 cm TL
Nemateleotris magnifica Fowler, 1938

Photo by Photo by Baur, J.-C.
 
Nemateleotris magnifica
[Fire goby]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 24 cm SL
Oxymetopon compressus Chan, 1966

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Oxymetopon compressus
[Robust ribbongoby]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Oxymetopon cyanoctenosum Klausewitz & Condé, 1981

Photo by Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Oxymetopon cyanoctenosum
[Blue-barred ribbon goby]
No picture found


 
Oxymetopon filamentosum
[]
No picture found


 
Oxymetopon formosum
[]



Western Central Pacific.
Max. Length 18 cm SL
Oxymetopon typus Bleeker, 1861

Photo by Photo by Kuiter, R.H.
 
Oxymetopon typus
[Sailfin ribbon-goby]
No picture found


 
Paragunnellichthys seychellensis
[Seychelle's wormfish]
No picture found


 
Paragunnellichthys springeri
[]



Pacific Ocean.
Max. Length 3.1 cm TL
Parioglossus aporos Rennis & Hoese, 1985

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Parioglossus aporos
[Poreless dartfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 2.7 cm SL

 
Parioglossus caeruleolineatus
[]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 4 cm SL
Parioglossus dotui Tomiyama, 1958

Photo by Photo by Shiina, M.
 
Parioglossus dotui
[]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 4.5 cm SL
Parioglossus formosus (Smith, 1931)

Photo by Photo by Winterbottom, R.
 
Parioglossus formosus
[Beautiful hover goby]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 2.4 cm SL
Parioglossus galzini Williams & Lecchini, 2004

Photo by Photo by Williams, J.T.
 
Parioglossus galzini
[]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 2.5 cm SL
Parioglossus interruptus Suzuki & Senou, 1994

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Parioglossus interruptus
[Interrupted dartfish]
No picture found


 
Parioglossus lineatus
[Lined hover goby]
No picture found

Max. Length 3.3 cm SL

 
Parioglossus marginalis
[]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 3.5 cm SL
Parioglossus multiradiatus Keith, Bosc & Valade, 2004

Photo by Photo by Keith, P.
 
Parioglossus multiradiatus
[]



Western Pacific.

Parioglossus neocaledonicus Dingerkus & Séret, 1992

Photo by Photo by IRD/C. Ledru
 
Parioglossus neocaledonicus
[]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 2 cm SL
Parioglossus nudus Rennis & Hoese, 1985

Photo by Photo by Winterbottom, R.
 
Parioglossus nudus
[Naked hover goby]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 2.8 cm SL
Parioglossus palustris (Herre, 1945)

Photo by Photo by Winterbottom, R.
 
Parioglossus palustris
[Borneo hoverer]



Indo-West Pacific.
Max. Length 3.5 cm SL
Parioglossus philippinus (Herre, 1945)

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Parioglossus philippinus
[Philippine dartfish]



Western Pacific

Parioglossus rainfordi McCulloch, 1921

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Parioglossus rainfordi
[Rainford's dartfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 3.5 cm SL
Parioglossus raoi (Herre, 1939)

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Parioglossus raoi
[Rao's hover goby]
No picture found

Max. Length 2.3 cm SL

 
Parioglossus senoui
[]
No picture found


 
Parioglossus sinensis
[]



Indo-West Pacific

Parioglossus taeniatus Regan, 1912

Photo by Photo by Suzuki, T.
 
Parioglossus taeniatus
[Taeniatus dartfish]
No picture found


 
Parioglossus triquetrus
[]
No picture found


 
Parioglossus verticalis
[Vertical hover goby]
No picture found


 
Parioglossus winterbottomi
[]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 11.2 cm SL
Ptereleotris arabica Randall & Hoese, 1985

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ptereleotris arabica
[Arabian dartfish]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 5.8 cm SL
Ptereleotris brachyptera Randall & Suzuki, 2008

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Ptereleotris brachyptera
[Lowfin dartfish]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 6.1 cm
Ptereleotris caeruleomarginata Allen, Erdmann & Cahyani, 2012

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Ptereleotris caeruleomarginata
[Bluemargin dartfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 12.5 cm TL
Ptereleotris calliura (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Photo by Photo by Cherson, A.
 
Ptereleotris calliura
[Blue goby]



Eastern Central Pacific

Ptereleotris carinata Bussing, 2001

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Ptereleotris carinata
[Panamic dartfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 4.1 cm SL
Ptereleotris crossogenion Randall & Suzuki, 2008

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ptereleotris crossogenion
[Fringechin dartfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Ptereleotris evides (Jordan & Hubbs, 1925)

Photo by Photo by Du, J.-G.
 
Ptereleotris evides
[Blackfin dartfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Ptereleotris grammica Randall & Lubbock, 1982

Photo by Photo by Pelicier, D.
 
Ptereleotris grammica
[Lined dartfish]



Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Ptereleotris hanae (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)

Photo by Photo by AquaNet
 
Ptereleotris hanae
[Blue hana goby]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Ptereleotris helenae (Randall, 1968)

Photo by Photo by Abgarian, C.
 
Ptereleotris helenae
[Hovering goby]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Ptereleotris heteroptera (Bleeker, 1855)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ptereleotris heteroptera
[Blacktail goby]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 8.4 cm SL
Ptereleotris kallista Randall & Suzuki, 2008

Photo by Photo by Suzuki, T.
 
Ptereleotris kallista
[Beautiful Dartfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 11.5 cm TL

 
Ptereleotris lineopinnis
[Sad glider]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 10.3 cm SL
Ptereleotris melanopogon Randall & Hoese, 1985

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ptereleotris melanopogon
[]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Ptereleotris microlepis (Bleeker, 1856)

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Ptereleotris microlepis
[Blue gudgeon]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm SL
Ptereleotris monoptera Randall & Hoese, 1985

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ptereleotris monoptera
[Lyre-tail dart-goby]



Southwest Atlantic
Max. Length 8.7 cm SL
Ptereleotris randalli Gasparini, Rocha & Floeter, 2001

Photo by Photo by Luiz, Jr., O.
 
Ptereleotris randalli
[Brazilian dartfish]



Western Pacific

Ptereleotris rubristigma Allen, Erdmann & Cahyani, 2012

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Ptereleotris rubristigma
[Redspot dartfish]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm SL
Ptereleotris uroditaenia Randall & Hoese, 1985

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ptereleotris uroditaenia
[Flagtail dartfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm SL
Ptereleotris zebra (Fowler, 1938)

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Ptereleotris zebra
[Chinese zebra goby]
No picture found

Max. Length 43.5 cm SL

 
Pterocerdale insolita
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 1.8 cm SL

 
Zagadkogobius ourlazon
[]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Aioliops brachypterus Shortfin minidartfish Western Central Pacific. 2.4 TL 1987
Aioliops megastigma Bigspot minidartfish Western Central Pacific. 3 SL 1987
Aioliops novaeguineae New guinea minidartfish Western Central Pacific 2.3 TL 1987
Aioliops tetrophthalmus Western Central Pacific. 1987
Cerdale fasciata Southwest Atlantic 3.8 SL 1974
Cerdale floridana Pugjaw wormfish Western Atlantic 9 TL 1934
Cerdale ionthas Spotted worm goby Eastern Central Pacific 7.5 TL 1882
Cerdale paludicola Eastern Pacific 1974
Cerdale prolata Eastern Central Pacific 1974
Clarkichthys bilineatus Flagtail wormfish Eastern Central Pacific 6.2 SL 1936
Gunnellichthys copleyi Western Indian Ocean. 1951
Gunnellichthys curiosus Curious wormfish Indo-Pacific 12 SL 1968
Gunnellichthys grandoculis Western Central Pacific. 1911
Gunnellichthys irideus Western Indian Ocean 1958
Gunnellichthys monostigma Onespot wormfish Indo-Pacific 15 SL 1958
Gunnellichthys pleurotaenia Onestripe wormfish Western Central Pacific 12 SL 1858
Gunnellichthys viridescens Yellowstripe wormfish Indo-Pacific 12 SL 1968
Microdesmus aethiopicus Eastern Central Atlantic 5.7 SL 1927
Microdesmus affinis Olivaceous wormfish Eastern Central Pacific. 1928
Microdesmus africanus Eastern Central Atlantic 7.5 SL 1979
Microdesmus bahianus Western Atlantic 5.1 SL 1973
Microdesmus carri Stippled wormfish Western Central Atlantic 5.3 SL 1966
Microdesmus dipus Banded worm goby Eastern Central Pacific 8.8 SL 1864
Microdesmus dorsipunctatus Spotback wormfish Eastern Central Pacific 1968
Microdesmus hildebrandi Eastern Pacific 1936
Microdesmus intermedius Eastern Pacific 1928
Microdesmus knappi Eastern Pacific 1972
Microdesmus lanceolatus Lancetail wormfish Western Atlantic 6 TL 1962
Microdesmus longipinnis Pink wormfish Western Atlantic 27 TL 1910
Microdesmus luscus Blind wormfish Western Atlantic 4.6 SL 1977
Microdesmus multiradiatus Eastern Pacific 1928
Microdesmus retropinnis Rearfin wormfish Eastern Central Pacific 11 TL 1882
Microdesmus suttkusi Spotside wormfish Eastern Central Pacific 10.5 SL 1966
Navigobius dewa Northwest Pacific 4.1 SL 2009
Navigobius vittatus Brunei dartfish Western Pacific 2.3 SL 2015
Nemateleotris decora Elegant firefish Indo-Pacific 9 TL 1973
Nemateleotris exquisita Indian Ocean 6.6 SL 2013
Nemateleotris helfrichi Helfrichs' dartfish Pacific Ocean 6 TL 1973
Nemateleotris magnifica Fire goby Indo-Pacific 9 TL 1938
Oxymetopon compressus Robust ribbongoby Western Pacific 24 SL 1966
Oxymetopon cyanoctenosum Blue-barred ribbon goby Western Pacific 20 TL 1981
Oxymetopon filamentosum Western Pacific 1967
Oxymetopon formosum Western Pacific 1967
Oxymetopon typus Sailfin ribbon-goby Western Central Pacific. 18 SL 1861
Paragunnellichthys seychellensis Seychelle's wormfish Indo-West Pacific 1967
Paragunnellichthys springeri Western Indian Ocean 1970
Parioglossus aporos Poreless dartfish Pacific Ocean. 3.1 TL 1985
Parioglossus caeruleolineatus Northwest Pacific 2.7 SL 2010
Parioglossus dotui Western Pacific 4 SL 1958
Parioglossus formosus Beautiful hover goby Western Pacific 4.5 SL 1931
Parioglossus galzini Eastern Central Pacific 2.4 SL 2004
Parioglossus interruptus Interrupted dartfish Western Pacific 2.5 SL 1994
Parioglossus lineatus Lined hover goby Western Central Pacific 1985
Parioglossus marginalis Southwest Pacific. 3.3 SL 1985
Parioglossus multiradiatus Western Indian Ocean 3.5 SL 2004
Parioglossus neocaledonicus Western Pacific. 1992
Parioglossus nudus Naked hover goby Western Central Pacific 2 SL 1985
Parioglossus palustris Borneo hoverer Western Pacific 2.8 SL 1945
Parioglossus philippinus Philippine dartfish Indo-West Pacific. 3.5 SL 1945
Parioglossus rainfordi Rainford's dartfish Western Pacific 1921
Parioglossus raoi Rao's hover goby Indo-West Pacific 3.5 SL 1939
Parioglossus senoui Western Pacific 2.3 SL 2010
Parioglossus sinensis Northwest Pacific 1994
Parioglossus taeniatus Taeniatus dartfish Indo-West Pacific 1912
Parioglossus triquetrus Western Pacific Ocean 1985
Parioglossus verticalis Vertical hover goby Western Central Pacific 1985
Parioglossus winterbottomi Eastern Indian Ocean 2010
Ptereleotris arabica Arabian dartfish Western Indian Ocean 11.2 SL 1985
Ptereleotris brachyptera Lowfin dartfish Western Central Pacific 5.8 SL 2008
Ptereleotris caeruleomarginata Bluemargin dartfish Eastern Indian Ocean 6.1 2012
Ptereleotris calliura Blue goby Western Atlantic 12.5 TL 1882
Ptereleotris carinata Panamic dartfish Eastern Central Pacific 2001
Ptereleotris crossogenion Fringechin dartfish Western Pacific 4.1 SL 2008
Ptereleotris evides Blackfin dartfish Indo-Pacific 14 TL 1925
Ptereleotris grammica Lined dartfish Indo-West Pacific 10 TL 1982
Ptereleotris hanae Blue hana goby Pacific Ocean 12 TL 1901
Ptereleotris helenae Hovering goby Western Atlantic 12 TL 1968
Ptereleotris heteroptera Blacktail goby Indo-Pacific 14 TL 1855
Ptereleotris kallista Beautiful Dartfish Western Pacific 8.4 SL 2008
Ptereleotris lineopinnis Sad glider Indo-West Pacific 11.5 TL 1935
Ptereleotris melanopogon Eastern Central Pacific 10.3 SL 1985
Ptereleotris microlepis Blue gudgeon Indo-Pacific 13 TL 1856
Ptereleotris monoptera Lyre-tail dart-goby Indo-Pacific 12 SL 1985
Ptereleotris randalli Brazilian dartfish Southwest Atlantic 8.7 SL 2001
Ptereleotris rubristigma Redspot dartfish Western Pacific 2012
Ptereleotris uroditaenia Flagtail dartfish Western Central Pacific 10 SL 1985
Ptereleotris zebra Chinese zebra goby Indo-Pacific 12 SL 1938
Pterocerdale insolita Oceania 43.5 SL 2009
Zagadkogobius ourlazon Western Pacific 1.8 SL 2017



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