Ptereleotris microlepis   (Bleeker,  1856) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 12-13 cm.

Color: Light orange to yellowish with bluish tinge on back. A dark blue cross bar at base of lower half of pectoral. Fins yellowish, dorsal sometimes bordered with blue.

Head 4.3-4.6 in standard length, 5.1-5.7 in total length. Depth of body 5.8-6.2 in standard length, 6.8-7.5 in total length. Eye diameter 3.4-3.7 in head, 0.8 in snout and equal to interorbital space. Maxillary extending to below anterior border of pupil. Teeth in narrow bands in jaws, outer row enlarged. Pectoral fin equal to head without snout. Ventral fin slightly shorter than head. Caudal fin slightly emarginate.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 27; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: I, 26-27; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 21-22.

Dioecious, monogamous.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Eleotris elongata Alleyne & Macleay, 1877
(Junior synonym)
Eleotris microlepis Bleeker, 1856
(Senior synonym)
Gracileotris bockensis Herre, 1953
(Junior synonym)
Ptereleotris andamensis Herre, 1939
(Junior synonym)
Ptereleotris letholepis Clark, 1938
(Junior synonym)
Ptereleotris microlepis (Bleeker, 1856)
(Senior synonym)
Ptereleotris microlepis itomanensis Aoyagi, 1949
(Junior synonym)
Ptereleotris playfairi Whitley, 1933
(Junior synonym)
Eleotris microlepis Bleeker, 1856
Ptereleotris microlepis Koumans, 1941
Eleotrides microlepis Bleeker, 1857
Eleotris microlepis Gunther, 1861
Eleotris microlepis Playfair, 1866
Ptereleotris microlepis Bleeker, 1877
Ptereleotris microlepis McCulloch and Ogilby, 1919
Ptereleotris microlepis Koumans, 1940

Common Name (s)
• Pearly Dartfish (English)
• Blue Gudgeon (English)
• Smallscale Hover Goby (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
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  • James, C; O'Farrell, S; Hamylton, S; Ingwersen, C and Walker, R The coral reef resources of Mu Ko Surin national park, Thailand Coral Cay Conservation Available at -
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  • Chabanet, P and Patrick, D (2005) Reef Fish Inventory of Juan De Novas Natural Park (Western Indian Ocean) Western Indian Ocean Journal Marine Sciences 2005 WIOMSA 4 145-162
  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Koumans, FP (1953) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 10 423 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -

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