Overview

Brief Summary

The Soft Coral Goby (Pleurosicya boldinghi) is a small fish (it reaches a length of around 3.5 cm) that is known from Japan, New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia from depths of around 20 to 127 m. This species is commensal with soft corals of the genus Dendronephthya (commensal organisms benefit from their association with a host, but there is no associated cost to the host, as there is in the case of parasitism). Randall et al. (1996) provide a technical morphological description of P. boldinghi. (Randall et al. 1996)

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen, and R.C. Steene. 1996. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.
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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Lives on Dendronephthya soft corals, usually at depth of 20 meters or more in areas subject to strong currents. Large corals may play host to several individuals (Ref. 48637).
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Distribution

Indo-West Pacific: Aliwal Shoal, South Africa (Ref. 11228) to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6771).
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Indo-West Pacific.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 27 mm SL
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Max. size

4.5 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637))
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range ? - 20 m (Ref. 48637)
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Depth range based on 6 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 3 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 8.4 - 57
  Temperature range (°C): 25.235 - 28.897
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.068 - 2.844
  Salinity (PPS): 34.171 - 35.267
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.133 - 4.549
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.108 - 0.431
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.596 - 4.853

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 8.4 - 57

Temperature range (°C): 25.235 - 28.897

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.068 - 2.844

Salinity (PPS): 34.171 - 35.267

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.133 - 4.549

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.108 - 0.431

Silicate (umol/l): 1.596 - 4.853
 
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Conservation

Threats

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