Feia dabra, a new species of gobiid fish (Percomorpha: Gobiidae) from Palau

Richard Winterbottom

aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, pp. 45-50, Volume 10, Issue 2 – July 2005


A new species of the Indo-Pacific gobiid Feia, F. dabra, is described from seven collections and 13 specimens collected in 2004 in the Republic of Palau. The new species is most similar to F. ranta from Vietnam, the two species differing from the other two species in the genus in the possession of scales in the predorsal midline and on the pectoral and pelvic fin bases, a diagonal bar across the cheek from the posteroventral corner of the eye, and an eye diameter wide black bar on the body beginning at the first dorsal fin origin. Feia dabra differs from F. ranta in lacking a large, heart-shaped blotch on the opercle, having instead a small dark spot or streak on the anteroventral tip of the opercle, in lacking the “{“-shaped dark bar on the upper base of the pectoral fin (but having a dark blotch in the middle third of the length of the upper pectoral fin rays), in the presence of three (rather than two) papillae in cheek row c, and a straight row r of three papillae on the snout in line with the anteromedial border of the eye (vs. the anterior two papillae in a line, the posteriormost offset laterally), and in having the vertical portion of the anterior preopercular ridge of papillae, row e, well forward of the vertical limb of the preopercle on the cheek (vs. just anterior to the vertical preopercle limb). Feia dabra is currently known only from the Palau Islands.

Full Text | PDF (160 KB)


Birdsong, R., Murdy, E. O. & F. L. Pezold. 1988. A study of the vertebral column and median fin osteology in gobioid fishes with comments on gobioid relationships. Bulletin of Marine Sciences 42 (2): 174-214.

Gill, A. T. & R. D. Mooi. 1999. Feia nota, a new species of gobiid fish from Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 19: 365-370.

Ikeda, Y., Ono, A., Sakamoto, K. & T. Suzuki. 2000. New record of the gobiid fish Feia nympha from Japan and comments on its unique cephalic sensory papillae rows. Biogeography 2: 45-50.

Lachner, E. A. & J. F. McKinney. 1979. Two new gobiid fishes of the genus Gobiopsis and a redescription of Feia nympha Smith. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 299: 1-18.

Sanzo, L. 1911. Distribuzione delle papille cutanee (organi ciatiformi) e suo valore sistematico nei Gobi. Mitteilungen aus der Zoologischen Station zu Neapel 20 (2): 251-328.

Saruwatari, T., Lopez J. A. & T. W. Pietsch. 1997. Cyanine blue: a versatile and harmless stain for specimen observation. Copeia 1997 (4): 840-841.

Senou, H., Suzuki, T., Shibukawa, K. & K. Yano. 2004. A Photographic Guide to the Gobioid Fishes of Japan. Heibonsha Co., Japan.

Winterbottom, R. 2003. Feia ranta, a new species of gobiid fish (Actinopterygii; Perciformes) from Vietnam. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 7 (3): 97-102.

Previous post

Volume 10, Issue 2, July 2005

Next post

On the Status of Trimma tevegae and Trimma caudomaculata (Percomorpha: Gobiidae)

The Author



No Comment

Leave a reply