Alabes brevis Springer & Fraser, 1976

Family:  Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes and singleslits), subfamily: Cheilobranchinae
Max. size:  2.3 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: Green Island, Rottnest, Western Australia.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 60-61. Distinguishable from all the other species of Alabes by its low number of vertebrae and from all but A. hoesei in having 2 postocular pores. It differs from A. hoesei in usually lacking a posterior nasal canal pore, having more epipleural ribs, and a larger gill opening.
Biology:  Occurs among weed and rock, limestone reef platform (Ref. 11331); also in seagrass and in vegetation growing on shallow coastal rocky reefs (Ref. 56640).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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