Overview

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Biology

Occurs in areas with rubble, rock and sand bottoms of coastal reefs in 12-35 m. Solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102). Feeds on small invertebrates particularly copepods.
  • Hoese, D.F. and H.K. Larson 1994 Revision of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Valenciennea, with descriptions of seven new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (23):71 p. (Ref. 8527)
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Distribution

Western Pacific: Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines.
  • Hoese, D.F. and H.K. Larson 1994 Revision of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Valenciennea, with descriptions of seven new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (23):71 p. (Ref. 8527)
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Okinawa, Japan and Philippines.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14 - 15; Analspines: 1; Analsoft rays: 14 - 15
  • Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann 2012 Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research. (Ref. 90102)
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Size

Maximum size: 69 mm SL
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Max. size

6.9 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 8527))
  • Hoese, D.F. and H.K. Larson 1994 Revision of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Valenciennea, with descriptions of seven new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (23):71 p. (Ref. 8527)
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Diagnostic Description

Characterized by pale grey body color with yellowish snout; 2-3 blue stripes on cheek; dorsal fin with yellow filaments; adult male has black throat and mouth; second to fourth dorsal spines produced into prolonged filaments in adult; rhomboid caudal fin; caudal length 2.8-3.4 in SL; longitudinal scale series 76-81; ctenoid body scales except cycloid on abdomen; head or midline of nape without scales; cycloid scales extending forward on side of nape to above middle of operculum in adult; scaled pectoral fin base and prepelvic area; depth of body 4.7-5.1 in SL (Ref. 90102).
  • Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann 2012 Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research. (Ref. 90102)
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Type Information

Paratype for Valenciennea bella Hoese & Larsen
Catalog Number: USNM 264411
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): R. Schroeder
Year Collected: 1979
Locality: Reef 500 m W. of Reef Off White Beach. Puerto Princesa Bay, Palawan, Philippines, Sulu Sea., Philippines, Sulu Sea, Pacific
Depth (m): 12 to 12
  • Paratype: Hoese, D. F. & Larson, H. K. 1994. Indo-Pacific Fishes. No. 23: 15.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

demersal; marine; depth range 12 - 35 m (Ref. 90102)
  • Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann 2012 Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth, Australia: Universitiy of Hawai'i Press, Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research. (Ref. 90102)
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Depth: 12 - 32m.
From 12 to 32 meters.

Habitat: demersal. Occurs in areas with rubble, rock and little sand. Feeds on small invertebrates particularly copepods.
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Trophic Strategy

Occurs in areas with rubble, rock and little sand. Feeds on small invertebrates particularly copepods.
  • Hoese, D.F. and H.K. Larson 1994 Revision of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Valenciennea, with descriptions of seven new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (23):71 p. (Ref. 8527)
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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