Emperor Reefgoby, Priolepis akihitoi Hoese & Larson 2010


An Emperor Reef-goby, Priolepis akihitoi, in the Izu Ocean Park, Japan, depth 11 m. Source: Izuzuki / www.izuzuki.com. License: CC by Attribution-ShareAlike

Summary:
A small yellowish-brown goby with narrow pale bands on the head and body, a large black basal spot on the first dorsal fin, and the caudal fin with a white outer margin and three-four short dark bars on upper part.

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Bray, D.J. 2016, Priolepis akihitoi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Aug 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/4830

Emperor Reefgoby, Priolepis akihitoi Hoese & Larson 2010

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Distribution

Known to occur in Shark Bay, Western Australia, the southern Great Barrier Reef and Moreton Bay, Queensland, and Sydney, New South Wales. The species also occurs in New Caledonia and Japan.

Features

Dorsal fin VI + I, 9-10; Anal fin I, 8; Pectoral fin 20. 
Eyes slightly elevated resulting in a shallow pit in interorbital area and a shallow groove along dorsoposterior margin of eye; ctenoid scales completely covering predorsal, reaching to above mideye, anteriormost scales sometimes cycloid, no naked patch immediately before the first dorsal spine; small cycloid scales cover pectoral base; 11-13 rows of small cycloid scales cover prepelvic area; cheek usually no scales, rarely with 1 or 2 scales near dorsoposterior margin of preoperculum; operculum with a patch of small ctenoid scales dorsally; sensory papilla rows on cheek with transverse pattern; pelvic fins connected to form a plate, no interspinal membrane mouth oblique, forming an angle of about 40°-45° with body axis.

Colour

Head and body with narrow light bands, and with dark edges; a large elongate black spot anteriorly on first dorsal fin; 3-4 short vertical dark brown bars on dorsal part of caudal fin.

Etymology

Named for the Emperor Akihito of Japan, for his significant and innovative contributions to the systematics of gobioid fishes.

Species Citation

Priolepis akihitoi Hoese & Larson 2010, Ichthyol. Res. 57: 373, figs 1, 5a, b. Type locality: Futo, Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2016

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Emperor Reefgoby, Priolepis akihitoi Hoese & Larson 2010

References


Akihito, Sakamoto, K., Ikeda, Y. & Sugiyama, K. 2002. Gobioidae. pp.1139-1310. In: Nakabo, T. (ed.) Fishes of Japan with pictorial keys to the species. Vol 2. 2nd English Ed. Tokai University Press, 1749 pp. (p. 1173, as Priolepis sp.)

Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2010. Description of two new species of the genus Priolepis from the Indo-Pacific with redescription of Priolepis profunda and Priolepis psygmophilia. Ichthyological Research 57(3): 367-372. doi:10.1007/s10228-010-0170-6 Abstract

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) (p. 331, as Priolepis sp. 1)


Masuda, H., Amaoka, K., Araga, C., Uyeno, T. & Yoshino, T. 1984. The fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Vol. 1. Tokai University Press, Tokyo, Japan. 437 pp. (text). (p. 248, Pl. 239D, as Priolepis sp.)

Winterbottom, R. & Burridge, M. 1992. Revision of Egglestonichthys and of Priolepis species possessing a transverse pattern of cheek papillae (Teleostei; Gobiidae), with a discussion of relationships. Canadian Journal of Zoology 70: 1934-1946. (p. 1935, as Priolepis RW sp. 8)

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CAAB Code:37428297

Depth:3-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm SL

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