Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiesociformes
(Clingfishes) > Gobiesocidae
(Clingfishes and singleslits) > Protogobiesocinae
Etymology: Kopua: A maori word, kopua = deep, and also a locality in New Zealand; vermiculata: Name from Latin vermiculate for wavy lines or markings resembling worm form or tracks, referring to the shape of the body markings of this new species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 96 - 100 m (Ref. 99639). Deep-water
Northwest Pacific: Japan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.7 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 6;
Vertebrae: 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).
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).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Shinohara, G. and E. Katayama, 2015. A new species of the clingfish genus Kopua (Gobiesociformes: Gobiesocidae) from Japan. Ichthyol. Res. 62:431-438. (Ref. 99639)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [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
): 3.1 ±0.3 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 (10 of 100) .