Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Glossogobius: Greek, glossa = tongue + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335). More on author: Valenciennes.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; amphidromous (Ref. 51243); depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C - ; 29°N - 20°S
Asia and Oceania: Ryukyu Islands in Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, New Guinea and northern Australia. Reported from Palau (Ref. 6371), Fiji (Ref. 12743) New Caledonia (Ref. 13235) and Vanuatu (Ref. 97791).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7050)
soft rays: 8. Distinguished by the following characters: mouth moderate; reaching to a point below anterior margin to middle of eye; operculum with a small patch of 10-20 scales dorsally in 2-3 longitudinal rows; second dorsal rays I,8; pectoral rays 18-21 (usually 19 or 20); predorsal scale count 15-19; one or usually two small lateral canal head pores above anterior operculum just before terminal lateral canal pore; papilla line 6 well developed; papilla lines composed of a single row of papillae; snout length 11.6-13.6% SL ; body with 5 oval, horizontally elongate brown to black spots on midside from second dorsal origin to posterior end of caudal peduncle; spots usually bordered by faint brown lines above and below.
Adults live in clear streams, usually close to the sea (Ref. 5259). They occur mainly in fresh water, but larvae in marine environment (Ref. 5259).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., 1991. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of New Guinea. Publication, no. 9. 268 p. Christensen Research Institute, Madang, Papua New Guinea. (Ref. 2847)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 27.1 - 29.3, mean 28.7 °C (based on 1441 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00475 - 0.02204), b=3.03 (2.85 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.42 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .