Pleurosicya elongata Larson, 1990
Cling goby
Pleurosicya elongata
photo by Brett, O.J. /

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 10 - 40 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Maldives (Ref. 30829) to Indonesia (Ref. 8631) and Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6771).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 6-9. Characterized by generally with yellow to pinkish hue, scale margins faint and dark; series of internal brown dash-like markings along vertebral column; ventral side of body with seven brown spots; side of snout white stripe; longitudinal scale series 23-27; side of nape scaled; opening of gill restricted to pectoral fin-base; elongated body; depth of body at anus6.2-8.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits coloured, large floppy or fan sponges, usually in depths greater than 10 meters. Found on the underside of the sponges (Ref. 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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