Mahidolia mystacina   (Valenciennes,  1837) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, JE

Max length : 8.0 cm TL

Color: Head with blue or brown spots; body with 5-6 dark irregular crossbars

Males have elongate first dorsal fin and elongate jaws. Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 9.

Synonym (s)
Gobius mystacinus Valenciennes, 1837
(Senior Synonym)
Gobius pulverulentus Kuhl & van Hasselt, 1837
(Junior Synonym)
Mahidiolia duque Smith, 1947
(Junior Synonym)
Mahidiolia normani Smith & Koumans, 1932
(Junior Synonym)
Waitea buchanani Rao, 1972
(Junior Synonym)
Waitea mystacina Valenciennes, 1837
(Senior Synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Smiling Goby (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic invertebrates


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -

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