Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Eleotridae
(Bully sleepers) > Eleotrinae
Etymology: Eleotris: The name of a Nile fish, eleotris (Ref. 45335); valadei: The name of the species honours Pierre Valade, who collected several specimens of this species in Reunion Island and Mayotte (Ref. 123271).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; amphidromous (Ref. 123271); depth range 0 - 5 m (Ref. 123271). Tropical
Africa: Madagascar, Reunion Island, Mayotte and the Seychelles islands (Ref. 123271).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 123271)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8 - 9. Diagnosis: Eleotris valadei is distinguished by second, third and fourth suborbital free neuromast rows on cheek extending ventrally past horizontal row 'd' ('2.3.4' pattern), row 'os' connected with row 'oi' at ventro-posterior margin of operculum ('closed' pattern); 18 pectoral fin rays; 59-64 scales in lateral series and 27-30 scales in transverse forward series (Ref. 123271). Eleotris valadei differs from the other species of the Indian Ocean with a '2.3.4' pattern by several characters; it differs from E. soaresi in having more scales in lateral series, 59-64 vs. 50-56, more scales in transverse forward series, 27-30 vs. 22-24, in predorsal series, 45-50 vs. 39-43, and in zigzag series, 13-15 vs. 12-13; it differs from E. diamsoi in having 18 pectoral fin rays vs. 16, more scales in transverse forward series, 27-30 vs. 17-23, in predorsal series, 45-50 vs. 36-38, and a higher body depth at dorsal fin origin, 19-24 vs. 15-18 (Ref. 123271).
The species is supposed to be amphidromous (Ref. 123271). It is found in the lower part of the river, near the estuary; it lives in muddy to clear rivers with sandy to gravel bottom between 0 to 5 meters in altitude (Ref. 123271). It is carnivorous (Ref. 123271).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Mennesson, M.I. and P. Keith, 2020. Eleotris (Teleostei: Eleotridae) of the Indian Ocean: an overview with the description of three new species. Cybium 44(3):185-203. (Ref. 123271)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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