Gobiodon rivulatus   (Ruppell,  1830) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Herler, J.

Size: 5 cm TL

Color: Orange to blackish. Head and anterior part of body often with bluish transverse stripes. Fins darker than body.

Head 3.1-3.5 in standard length, 3.9-4.3 in total length. Depth of body 2.9-3.3 in standard length, 3.4-4.1 in total length. Eye diameter 3.9-4.5 in head, 0.9-1.1 in snout and 0.7 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below anterior third of eye. Teeth in several rows in jaws, 1 or 2 canines on either side in front of lower jaw. Gill opening not extending to before the base of lower rays of pectoral fin. First dorsal fin almost equal in height to second dorsal fin. First spine of dorsal shorter than the following spines. Scales wanting, head and body slimy. Pectoral fin slightly shorter than head. Ventral fin equal to or a little shorter than postorbital length of head.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: I, 9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 18-20.

Dioecious, external fertilization, guarders, nesters. Monogamous. The male takes care of eggs deposited on a coral branch. Has the ability to change sex in both directions to favor reproductive success.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gobiodon albolineatus Smith, 1959
(Junior synonym)
Gobiodon ceramensis (non Bleeker, 1852)
(Misapplied name)
Gobiodon citrinus (non Ruppell, 1838)
(Misapplied name)
Gobiodon erythrospilus Bleeker, 1875
(Junior synonym)
Gobiodon rivulatus (Ruppell, 1830)
(Senior synonym)
Gobiodon rivulatus rivulatus (Ruppell, 1830)
(Senior synonym)
Gobius ceramensis (non Bleeker, 1852)
(Misapplied name)
Gobius coryphaenula Valenciennes, 1837
(Junior synonym)
Gobius rivulatus Ruppell, 1830
(Senior synonym)
Gobius rivulatus Ruppell, 1828
Gobiodon quinquestrigatus Koumans, 1941
Gobiodon quinque-strigatus Day, 1878
Gobiodon rivulatus Smith, 1959

Common Name (s)
• Murakka Mas (Mahl)
• Bara Chala (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Island (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Red Sea (Record: 1980)
• INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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