Kopua vermiculata Shinohara & Katayama, 2015
Twilight clingfish
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Family:  Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes and singleslits), subfamily: Protogobiesocinae
Max. size:  2.67 cm SL (female)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 96 - 100 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-7; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 6-6; Vertebrae: 35-35. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D 7; A 6; segmented caudal fin rays 15; vertebrae 35; upper procurrent caudal rays associated with both the neural spine of second preural centrum and epural; mandibular pores 3; lacrymal pores 3; nasal pore 1; predorsal length is about 60% SL. Colouration: body whitish with reddish-orange blotches, no reddish-orange stripes on cheek, belly whitish (Ref. 99639).
Biology:  Collected from muddy bottom (96-100 m) together with fist-sized mudstones, probably no marine algae, so most likely they live on mudstones (Ref. .99639).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.11.20

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