Teleostei (teleosts) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Microdesmidae
(Wormfishes) > Microdesminae
Etymology: Gunnellichthys: From Gunnel, a small eel shaped marine fish of unknown origin, 1686 (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Bleeker.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 15 m (Ref. 90102), usually 3 - ? m (Ref. 1602). Tropical; 22°C - 27°C (Ref. 27115); 30°N - 24°S
Western Central Pacific: Java and the Philippines to western Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Rowley Shoals and the southern Great Barrier Reef. Throughout Micronesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Inhabits shallow, flat and sandy areas (Ref. 1602). Solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102). Found near seagrass or mangrove habitats (Ref. 48637). Often less than 3 m, sometimes over 8 m depth (Ref. 1602).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 25.2 - 29.3, mean 28.6 °C (based on 2256 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 122 [63, 189] mg/100g; Iron = 0.724 [0.428, 1.202] mg/100g; Protein = 18.3 [17.2, 19.4] %; Omega3 = 0.0902 [, ] g/100g; Selenium = 24 [11, 49] μg/100g; VitaminA = 138 [45, 416] μg/100g; Zinc = 2.05 [1.38, 2.88] mg/100g (wet weight);