Acentrogobius viridipunctatus   (Valenciennes,  1837) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 9.2-16.5 cm.

Color: Blackish green, laterally dotted over with bluish green spots, halfway the side a longitudinal row of larger dark spots. Scales with small shiny spots. Fins yellowish orange. Base of first dorsal fin with blackish longitudinal stripe. Second fin with green spots. Ventral fin blackish. Base of anal fin green, margin violet. Caudal fin with blackish spots on membrane, upper part of base without black spot.

Body elongate, anteriorly subcylindrical, posteriorly compressed, height 4-5 1/2 in length, 5-7 in total length. Head a little compressed, obtuse, 3 1/3-4 in length, 4 2/3-5 in total length. Profile convex. Eye 4-5 in head, interorbital less than 1 eye diameter. Snout obtuse, shorter than eye, tip before or below inferior margin of eye. Nostrils tubular. Mouth oblique, lower jaw prominent. Maxillary extends to below middle of eye. Lips moderate. Teeth filiform, in many rows, outer row enlarged, anterior teeth caninoid. In lower jaw on each side 2-4 canines, outer row extends to halfway the jaw. Sometimes a canine of inner row on each side in front of the jaw. Mucous canal from nostril to edge of mouth, longitudinal canal on cheek, crossed by transversal ones radiating under eye. An open pore medially in interorbital, open pores in supraopercular groove, the first behind eye is the largest. Head scaled above behind eye and on upper part of preopercle and opercle with cycloid scales. Scales of nape, breast and belly cycloid, other scales ctenoid. First dorsal fin much lower than body, middle rays are the longest. Second dorsal and anal fin pointed posteriorly, a little higher than first dorsal fin. Pectoral fin without free rays, obtuse, not shorter than head without snout. Ventral fin obtuse, about as long as pectoral fin. Caudal fin oblong, a little or not shorter than head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Acentrogobius viridipunctatus Valenciennes, 1837
(New combination)
Ctenogobius viridipunctatus Valenciennes, 1837
(New combination)
Gobius viridipunctatus Valenciennes, 1837
(Original combination)
Gobius viridipunctatus Gunther, 1861
Acentrogobius chlorostigma Bleeker, 1874
Gobius viridipunctatus Day, 1878
Gobius viridipunctatus Day, 1889
Gobius (venenatus C.V. affinis) M. Weber, 1908
Gobius viridipunctatus M. Weber, 1913
Rhinogobius viridi-punctatus Herre, 1927
Gobius viridipunctatus Fowler, 1928
Acentrogobius viridipunctatus Koumans, 1941
Creisson sealei Smith, 1831

Common Name (s)
• Spotted Green Goby (English)
• Green Spotted Goby (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Cultured:  No

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Adyar Backwaters INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cooum Estuary (Lat: 13.16) (Long: 80.26) INDIA

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