Acentrogobius caninus  (Valenciennes, 1837)

Tropical sand goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Acentrogobius: Greek, a = without + Greek, kentron = sting + Latin gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; amphidromous (Ref. 46888).   Tropical, preferred ?; 26°N - 27°S, 51°E - 135°W

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Indo-West Pacific. Freshwater records from Madagascar by Pellegrin were based on juveniles of unidentified species (Ref. 4343).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12693)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 9. Characterized by pale grey body with five diffuse brown saddles along back; midside with 4-5 diffuse brown blotches; head and body with scattered white spots; presence of diagnostic greenish patch behind upper edge of operculum; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 25-26; scales absent on head except upper half of opercle and predorsal fully scaled; mainly ctenoid body scales; depth of body 5.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occur along coastlines and in estuaries and harbors. Usually found in brackish tidal waters. Feed on invertebrates. Found to contain tetrodotoxin (TTX) and anhydrotetrodotoxin (anh-TTX) which causes paralytic food poisoning (Ref. 54777). Marketed fresh in Mekong delta (Ref. 12693).

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Maugé, L.A., 1986. Gobiidae. p. 358-388. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 4343)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Poisonous to eat (Ref. 54777)




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