Acentrogobius puntang   (Bleeker)  1851 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 162 mm.

Color: Olive above. Laterally 7-8 diffuse transverse stripes. Scales laterally with many shiny spots. Fins reddish. Dorsal fins, pectoral and caudal fin with small black spots. Ventral fin in middle and at the tip mostly blackish. Anal fin with 3-4 longitudinal streaks. Sometimes a dark stripe from eye to end of mouth is present.

Body elongate, compressed, height 3 3/5-4 in length, 5-6 in total length. Head a little compressed, obtuse, 3 1/2-4 in length, 5-5 3/4 in total length. Profile convex. Eye 4-4 1/2 in head, interorbital about 1/2 eye diameter. Snout obtuse, in young specimens much shorer than eye, in adult longer than eye. Tip below inferior margin of eye. Anterior nostril in a short tube. Mouth a little oblique, lips thick. Jaws subequal. Maxillary extends to below anterior part of eye. Teeth in upper jaw of outer row enlarged, in lower jaw canines laterally rudimentary. Two longitudinal mucous canals on cheek. Medially in interorbital an open pore. Open pore behind eye at the beginning of supraopercular groove sometimes present. Head scaled above behind eye cheek and opercle totally scaled. The scales on cheek are placed in 3 longitudinal stripes, between which the two mucous canal run. Scales behind eye and on lower part of head cycloid, those of upper part of the sides of head ctenoid. Scales of nape, breast and belly cycloid, other scales ctenoid. First dorsal fin lower or higher than body, foremost rays are the longest, sometimes filiform. Second dorsal fin lower than first dorsal fin, in adult posteriorly much higher than in front, posteriorly pointed. Anal fin similar to second dorsal fin. Pectoral fin without free rays, rounded, a little longer than head. Ventral fin rounded, about as long as head. Caudal fin obtusely rounded to pointed, much longer than head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gobius puntang Bleeker 1851
Gobius puntangoides Bleeker 1853
Gobius puntangoides Gunther 1861
Gobius andamanensis Day 1870
Gobius puntangoides Gunther 1877
Gobius puntang Day 1878
Gobius canalae Sauvage 1881
Gobius maculipinnis Macleay 1883
Gobius concolor De Vis 1884
Gobius puntangoides Day 1889
Gnatholepis canalae Jordan and Seale 1906
Gnatholepis maculipinnis Jordan and Seale
Exyrias puntangoides Jordan and Seale
Gnatholepis sindonis Snyder 1909
Awaous puntangoides Seale 1906
Exyrias puntang Jordan and Richardson 1910
Gobius (Gnatholepis) puntangoides M. Weber 1911
Gnatholepis sindonis Snyder 1912
Gobius puntang De Beaufort 1913
Exyrias puntang McCulloch and Ogilby 1919
Exyrias puntang Fowler and Bean 1922
Gnatholepis puntangoides Herre 1927
Gnatholepis puntang Fowler 1928
Gnatholepis sindonis Schmidt 1930
Acenthrogobius puntang Koumans 1935
Gnatholepis puntangoides Herre 1936
Gobius puntang Tomiyama 1936
Gnatholepis sindonis Koumans 1940
Gnatholepis maculipinnis Koumans
Gobius concolor Koumans
Acenthrogobius puntang Koumans 1941

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1953)

Literature Source(s)
  • Koumans, FP (1938) Gobioid fishes of India Memoirs of the Indian Museum The Manager of Publications, Delhi 13 205-329 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Koumans, FP (1953) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 10 423 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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