Chaeturichthys stigmatias Richardson, 1844
Branded goby
photo by Yang, N.-S.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobionellinae
Max. size:  28.2 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 69.6 g
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Southwest coast of Korea and the Chinese coast of South China Sea.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished by having the following characters: interorbital space with embedded scales; usually 4 pairs of barbels on ventral surface of head, with usually 3 pairs of long barbels only; pectoral-fin rays 21-23, modally 22, ventral 3-5 rays of pectoral fin simple, forming free rays; longitudinal scale rows 47-53; transverse scale rows 17-21; predorsal scales 20-22; gill rakers on outer surface of first gill arch 4-6 + 11-14 ? 16-19; pseudobranchial filaments 6-8, usually 7; preopercular canal with only with pore N'; longer snout, its length 6.1-8.1% of SL (Ref. 93271).
Biology:  Inhabits muddy bottoms (Ref. 11230).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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