Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobionellinae
Etymology: Rhinogobius: Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335). More on author: Gill.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Temperate
Asia: Japan, Korea, Yalu River, Tumen-ula River and Maikhe River in the basin of Peter the Great Bay. Amur River basin (Ref. 13397) and Tedzhen River basin (Ref. 39702). At least one country reports adverse ecological impact after introduction.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2058); 6.6 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characters: D1 I,8; pectoral-fin rays 18-19; predorsal scales 8-12; longitudinal scales 29-31; vertebrae 11+15 = 26; predorsal squamation composed of large ctenoid scales, reaching anteriorly to near posterior
margin of the eye; short transverse rows of sensory papillae 5-6 below eye; several short transverse
rows of sensory papillae (a part of row c) between 2 longitudinal rows of sensory papillae on cheek; head with a dark brownish gray reticulation or reddish oblique lines except for its ventral surface; upper end of pectoral-fin base with a black spot, as large as pupil; midlateral body with a longitudinal series of alternating large and small black blotches; 2-4 irregular longitudinal rows of small skyblue spots on midlateral body when alive (Ref. 104791).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Suzuki, T., K. Shibukawa, H. Senou and I.-S. Chen, 2015. Redescription of Rhinogobius similis Gill 1859 (Gobiidae: Gobionellinae), the type species of the genus Rhinogobius Gill 1859, with designation of the neotype. Ichthyol. Res. 62(3):1-14. (Ref. 104791)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Potential pest (Ref. 13364)
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00330 - 0.01663), b=2.99 (2.80 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 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 (18 of 100) .