Bathygobius fuscus   (Ruppell,  1830) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 12.0 cm TL

Color: Variable; brownish to olivaceous, lighter below. Body often with two longitudinal rows of spots and 3 spots on head posterior to eye. Fins dark to dusky, sometimes with indistinct markings.

Body elongate, anteriorly cylindrical, posteriorly compresed, height 4 3/4 - 5 in length, 6 - 6 1/2 in total length. Head depressed, 3.1-3.5 in standard length, 4.0-4.6 in total length. Depth of body 4.1-4.7 in standard length, 5.3-6.2 in total length. Eye diameter 4.0-4.3 in head, 0.9-1.1 in snout and about 0.5-0.6 in interorbital space. Teeth in several rows, outer row in both jaws enlarged. Tongue somewhat bilobate. First and second dorsal fins of almost equal height. Pectoral fin a little shorter than head, upper rays free. Basal membrane of ventral fin with a lobe on either side. Predorsal scales 20 to 24, reaching to about eye.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 9-10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: I, 8-9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 19-21; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 38-41; 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: 12-13.

Dioecious, external fertilization, benthic spawner.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Bathygobius samberanoensis (Bleeker, 1867)
Bathygobius sambiranoensis (Bleeker, 1867)
Bathygobius vergeri (Bleeker, 1867)
Ctenogobius meggitti (non Hora & Mukerji, 1936)
(Misapplied name)
Gobius albopunctatus (non Valenciennes, 1837)
(Misapplied name)
Gobius coalitus (non Bennett, 1831)
(Misapplied name)
Gobius elegans (non Valenciennes, 1837)
(Misapplied name)
Gobius fuscus Ruppell, 1830
Gobius fuscus fuscus Ruppell, 1830
Gobius homocyanus Vaillant & Sauvage, 1875
Gobius nebulopunctatus Valenciennes, 1837
Gobius nigripinnis Valenciennes, 1837
Gobius obscurus Peters, 1855
Gobius punctillatus Ruppell, 1830
Gobius samberanensis Bleeker, 1867
Gobius samberanoensis Bleeker, 1867
Gobius sambiranoensis Bleeker, 1867
Gobius sandvicensis Gunther, 1880
Gobius soporator (non Valenciennes, 1837)
(Misapplied name)
Gobius vergeri Bleeker, 1867
Stenogobius vergeri Bleeker, 1867
Gobius albopunctatus Ruppell, 1838
Gobius lineatus Jenyns, 1842
Gobius nox Bleeker, 1851
Gobius cocosensis Bleeker, 1854
Gobius breviceps Blyth, 1858
Gobius catulus Girard, 1858
Gobius mapo Poey, 1861
Gobius elegans Gunther, 1861
Gobius carolinensis Gill, 1863
Gobius krefftii Steindachner, 1866
Gobius criniger Steindachner, 1867
Gobius brunneus Poey, 1868
Gobius homocyanus Vaillant and Sauvage, 1875
Glossogobius giuris Streets, 1877
Gobius darnleyensis Alleyne and Macleay, 1877
Gobius albopunctatus Gunther, 1877
Gobius elegans Day, 1878
Gobius andrei Sauvage, 1880
Gobius buccatus Macleay, 1881
Gobius filamentosus Sauvage, 1883
Evorthodus catulus Jornan and Gilbert, 1883
Gobius watkinsoni De Vis, 1884
Gobius aeolosoma Ogilby, 1889
Gobius elegans Day, 1889
Gobius albopunctatus Sauvage, 1891
Gobius variabilis Steindachner, 1901
Gobius poecilichthys Jordan and Snyder, 1901
Aboma graeffei Jordan and Seale, 1906
Gobius panayensis Jordan and Seale, 1907
Mapo mearnsi Evermann & Seale, 1907
Gobius ophthalmicus M. Weber, 1909
Gobius villosus M. Weber, 1909
Gobius variabilis M. Weber, 1913
Gobius variabilis De Beaufort, 1913
Mapo poecilichthys Jordan, 1913
Mapo fuscus McCulloch and Ogilby, 1919
Gobius panayensis Herre, 1927
Gobius (Mapo) fuscus Barnard, 1927
Gobius variabilis Fowler, 1928
Drombus whitleyi Fowler, 1931
Gobius atripinnis Fowler, 1934
Bathygobius fuscus Koumans, 1935
Ctenogobius meggitti Hora and Muckerji, 1936
Bathygobius fuscus Herre, 1936
Gobius villosus Tomiyama, 1936
Bathygobius fuscus Koumans, 1941
Bathygobius fuscus Fowler, 1937
Bathygobius fuscus Aurich, 1938
Bathygobius laoe Roxas and Ablan, 1940
Rhinogobius corallinus Koumans, 1940
Bathygobius fuscus Koumans, 1944

Common Name (s)
• Frill Goby (English)
• Dusky Frill Goby (English)
• Dusky Frillgoby (English)
• Common Goby (English)
• Brown Goby (English)
• Mannunni (Malayalam)
• Gali Funna
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, sometimes seen as fresh catches at markets)
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Plants, Zoobenthos
Predator:  Bonyfishes of the family Carangidae (Carangoides orthogrammus)


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• East Coast, Coromandel, Pulicat Lake INDIA (Record: 1997-1998)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• West Bengal, Digha Mohana (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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