Callogobius clitellus McKinney & Lachner, 1978
Saddled goby
Callogobius clitellus
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 22 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-9. Characterized by white body color with dark brown stripe from snout to upper pectoral fin base, converging with bar across nape; presence of dark brown band from each dorsal fin to lower side; light to dark brown bar across base of caudal fin; upper margin of pectoral fin with dark brown band; completely united pelvic fins with well-developed frenum; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 46-48; head and body with cycloid scales; predorsal scales about 24; prominent papillae ridges on head; depth of body 5.8-6.2 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occurs among rubble and sand of bays and steep reef slopes (Ref. 37816, 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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