Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Pleurosicya: Greek, pleura = side, ribe + Greek, sikya, -as = cucumber (Ref. 45335). More on author: Larson.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 6 m (Ref. 48637). Tropical
Western Pacific: Iwayama Bay, Palau (Ref. 33021).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 8 - 9. Characterized by brown to greenish body color with dense pepper-like melanophores covering especially on head and lower sides; presence of faint dark bars on sides; saddle-like dark markings along dorsal fin base; longitudinal scale series 23-27; head and nape without scales; restricted gill opening to base of pectoral fin; relatively elongated body, depth at anus 5.6-7.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Lives in association with seagrasses (Ref. 34765,48637). Holotype taken from a reef flat (Ref. 33021). Commensal with sponges (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Myers, R.F., 1999. Micronesian reef fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 216 p. (Ref. 34765)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 28.5 - 29.3, mean 28.9 (based on 453 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00589 (0.00267 - 0.01297), b=3.10 (2.91 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .