Amblygobius albimaculatus   (Ruppell,  1830) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 12.6-18.0 cm.

Color: Variable, generally brownish green above, yellowish below. A few pale yellowish spots edged violet on head and nape. 5 or 6 transverse bands on body. Fins pale to orange, first dorsal with a diffuse dark spot between 4th and 5th spines and two pale oblique bands. Second dorsal with a pale submarginal band. Caudal fin with a dark spot at upper part of base and generally one spot each at upper and lower sides.

Body elongate, compressed, head 3.3-3.6 in standard length, 4.2-4.8 in total length. Depth of body 3.5-4.0 in standard length, 4.6-5.1 in total length. Eye diameter 3.6-4.0 in head, equal to length of snout and 0.7-1.0 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below anterior half of eye. Teeth in 3 rows in jaws, outer enlarged, the last one on either side in lower jaw a curved canine. About 30 predorsal scales. Pectoral fin equal to or a little shorter than head. Ventral fin somewhat equal to pectoral fin.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 13-14; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: I, 14; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 18-19; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 52-57; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 19-20.

Dioecious, external fertilization, guarders, nesters. Monogamous.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Amblygobius albimaculatus (Ruppell, 1830)
(Senior synonym)
Amblygobius albimaculatus semicinctus (non Bennett, 1833)
(Misapplied name)
Amblygobius phalaena (non Valenciennes, 1837)
(Misapplied name)
Amblygobius semicinctus (non Bennett, 1833)
(Misapplied name)
Gobius albimaculatus Ruppell, 1830
(Senior synonym)
Gobius papilio Valenciennes, 1837
(Junior synonym)
Gobius phalaena (non Valenciennes, 1837)
(Misapplied name)
Gobius quinqueocellatus Valenciennes, 1837
(Junior synonym)
Gobius semicinctus (non Bennett, 1833
(Misapplied name)
Gobius vonbondei Smith, 1936
(Junior synonym)
Gobius albimaculatus Ruppell, 1828
Amblygobius albimaculatus Koumans, 1953
Gobius semicinctus Bennett, 1833
Gobius albomaculatus Ruppell, 1838
Gobius phalaena Bleeker, 1851
Gobius phalaena Gunther, 1861
Gobius albomaculatus Klunzinger, 1871
Gobius phalaena Gunther, 1877
Aprocryptes fasciatus MacLeay, 1884
Gobius annulatus De Vis, 1884
Gobius papilio Sauvage, 1891
Amblygobius phalaena Jordan and Seale, 1906)
Odontogobius phalaena Seale, 1906
Gobius (Amblygobius) phalaena M. Weber, 1913
Amblygobius phalaena McCulloch and Ogilby, 1919
Amblygobius phalaena Herre, 1927
Amblygobius phalaena Fowler, 1928
Apocryptodon fasciatus Fowler, 1934
Amblygobius phalaena Herre, 1936
Amblygobius semicinctus semicinctus Tomiyama, 1936
Amblygobius albimaculatus Koumans, 1937
Apocryptes fasciatus Koumans, 1940

Common Name (s)
• Butterfly Goby (English)
• Tailspot Goby (English)
• White-spotted Goby
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Rocky, Muddy
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Microalgae and benthic invertebrates


• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp 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
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1965) New records of fishes from the seas around India - Part II Journal of Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 7(1) 108-123 Available at -
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -
  • Mehta, HS and Devi, K (1990) Four new records of Gobioid Fishes from Andaman and Nicobar Islands Journal of Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(1) 66-68 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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