Teleostei (teleosts) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Microdesmidae
(Wormfishes) > Ptereleotrinae
Etymology: Nemateleotris: Name from the combination of the Greek 'nemat' meaning thread, and the eleotrid genus Eleotris..
More on author: Fowler.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 70 m (Ref. 27115), usually 6 - 28 m (Ref. 9360). Tropical; 22°C - 28°C (Ref. 27115); 31°N - 28°S, 32°E - 128°W
Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Pitcairn islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia and the Austral Islands; throughout Micronesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2272)
Inhabits upper portions of outer reef slopes (Ref. 1602). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Hovers above the bottom, facing the current to feed on zooplankton, copepods, and crustacean larvae. Several individuals may share the same hole (especially juveniles). Has a habit of flicking its pennant-like first dorsal fin back and forth (Ref. 1602, 48637). Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 128797. Monogamous (Ref. 52884).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Monogamous mating is observed as both obligate and social (Ref. 52884).
Tea, Y.-K. and H.K. Larson, 2023. Synopsis of the ptereleotrine goby genus Nemateleotris, with description of a new species from the western and central Pacific Ocean (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 71:248-266. (Ref. 128599)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 24.7 - 28.8, mean 27.6 °C (based on 554 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5625 [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 ±0.30 se; based on food items.
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 129 [65, 228] mg/100g; Iron = 0.861 [0.502, 1.488] mg/100g; Protein = 17.9 [16.7, 19.0] %; Omega3 = 0.104 [0.056, 0.191] g/100g; Selenium = 30.5 [13.3, 66.2] μg/100g; VitaminA = 240 [74, 814] μg/100g; Zinc = 2.11 [1.38, 3.03] mg/100g (wet weight);