Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobionellinae
Etymology: Rhinogobius: Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335); maculicervix: From the Latin macula (blotch) and cervix (nape) and refers to the large, diagnostic conspicuous blackish brown mark on the posterior nape in female. More on authors: Chen & Kottelat.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Asia: Mekong basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 38646)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8 - 10;
Vertebrae: 28. Distinguished from the other species of the genus by the following combination of characters: 2nd dorsal fin rays modally I/9; anal fin rays modally I/8; scales in longitudinal series 29-31. Anal fin origin inserted below third branched ray of second dorsal fin. Trunk usually with five or six middle series of blackish brown blotches. One (sometimes split into two) conspicuous brownish black blotch on posterior part of nape; blotch larger and darker in female than in male. Cheek and opercle with many irregularly short blackish brown lines and vermiculations in adult. Second dorsal and caudal fins with about four to five rows of blackish brown spots. Pectoral fin base with two or three small dark brown spots on the middle in male but usually two somewhat vertical black bars in female (Ref. 38646). With 0-3 predorsal scales (Ref. 43281).
Inhabits riffles with swift current among gravel and moderate pebbles.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Chen, I.-S. and M. Kottelat, 2000. Rhinogobius maculicervix, a new species of goby from the Mekong basin in northern Laos (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 11(1):81-87. (Ref. 38646)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00444 - 0.02358), b=3.05 (2.86 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .