Apletodon gabonensis, Gabon clingfish

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Apletodon gabonensis Fricke & Wirtz 2018

Gabon clingfish
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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes (Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae (Clingfishes and singleslits) > Lepadogastrinae
Etymology: Apletodon: Greek, aplatos, apletos = terrible + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335);  gabonensis: Named for its type locality, off the coast of Gabon, West Africa..

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 1 - 2 m (Ref. 119349).   Tropical

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Eastern Atlantic: Gabon.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 119349); 1.6 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 5; Anal soft rays: 4 - 5. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 5; A 4-5; pectoral-fin rays 25-27; head width in males 2.6-4.7 in SL; anus in males with urogenital papilla present but not pronounced; anal-fin length (distance between anus and anal-fin origin) 1.2-1.5; in males, snout long, broad, anteriorly truncate, versus narrower and rather pointed in female; preorbital length 1.8-3.8 in head length; maxillary barbel absent in both sexes; disc with 10-12 rows of papillae in region A, 5 rows of papillae in region B, and 5-7 rows of papillae in region C; colour of head and body of male light brown, snout and cheeks green with white spots, top of head with red spots, sides of body with five dark brown bars bearing white spots (Ref. 119349).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Collected from the type locality at 1-2 m depth, where it was moderately common on and below shallow rocks covered with algae. Several members of the family Gobiidae are the most common other species in this habitat, including undescribed species (Ref. 119349).

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Fricke, R. and P. Wirtz, 2018. Apletodon gabonensis, a new species of clingfish (Teleostei: Gobiesocidae) from Gabon, eastern Atlantic Ocean. Arquipelago. Life and Marine Sciences 36:1-8. (Ref. 119349)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)


CITES (Ref. 123416)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = No PD50 data   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00427 (0.00163 - 0.01116), b=3.08 (2.85 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.5 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 (15 of 100) .