Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Istigobius: Greek, istios = sail + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; amphidromous (Ref. 46888); depth range 0 - 6 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical
Asia and Oceania: India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7050)
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 9 - 10. Characterized by pale grey to brownish body color grading to white on lower half; dark brown scale margins forming honeycomb pattern; presence of narrow dark brown to blackish stripe from rear edge of eye to above base of pectoral fin; dorsal and lower part of caudal fins with dark spotting; fully united pelvic fins with well developed frenum; rounded caudal fin, about equal to head length; longitudinal scale series 32-38; predorsal scales 12-16, reaching interorbital space; ctenoid body scales, becoming cycloid anterior to pectoral and pelvic fins; scales absent on cheek, 1-2 rows on anterodorsal part of operculum; depth of body 4.7-6.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Inhabits sand or mud bottoms of estuaries and sheltered shoreline reefs in 0-6 m (Ref. 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Genital papilla of male sometimes heavily pigmented, reaching anal spine. Genital papilla of female truncate, ending well short of anal spine.
Kottelat, M., A.J. Whitten, S.N. Kartikasari and S. Wirjoatmodjo, 1993. Freshwater fishes of Western Indonesia and Sulawesi. Periplus Editions, Hong Kong. 221 p. (Ref. 7050)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.7 - 29.3, mean 28.6 (based on 2826 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00300 - 0.01455), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .