Ptereleotris microlepis

Pearly dart-goby | Blue Gudgeon | Green Goby | Green-eyed Goby | Greeneye Dartgoby | Long-finned Gudgeon | Pale Dartfish | Smallscale Hovergoby
Ptereleotris microlepis
Ptereleotris microlepis, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Ptereleotris microlepis
Ptereleotris microlepis, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
Ptereleotris microlepis
Ptereleotris microlepis, Gulf of Carpentaria, QLD, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
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Ptereleotris microlepis
Ptereleotris microlepis
Ptereleotris microlepis


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale body, with dark edge of dorsal fin and narrow black bar on pectoral fin base. Similar P. hanae and P. monoptera (lyretail dartgoby) lack this bar.


Max Size: 13 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.9-31°C

Depth: 1-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 4.9

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (4.0% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (21 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland