Gobiodon citrinus   (Ruppell,  1838) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 5.1-6.6 cm.

Color: Body and fins yellow to orange. Four transverse bluish lines, one from eye to maxillary, the second from eye to preopercle, the third from front of dorsal to middle of border of operculum and the fourth on base of pectoral. A black spot at upper edge of operculum. Base of dorsal fins and anal with blue longitudinal band.

Body compressed. Head 3.1-3.3 in standard length, 4.2-4.3 in total length. Depth of body 2.4-2.6 in standard length, 3.3-3.5 in total length. Eye diameter 3.4-3.6 in head, 0.9-1.0 in snout and equal to interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to beyond front border of pupil. A few rows of teeth in jaws, outer row enlarged; 3 or 4 canines on each side of symphysis in lower jaw. Gill opening not reaching to before lower rays of pectoral fin. First dorsal spine subequal with 2 to 4 spines. Pectoral fin slightly longer than 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: 19-20.

Associated with colonies of broadly branched corals (Acropora spp.); a coral-commensal species. Has been reared in captivity.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gobius citrinus Ruppell, 1830
Gobius citrinus Ruppell, 1838
Gobiodon citrinus Day, 1878
Gobiodon citrinus (Ruppell, 1838)
(Senior synonym)
Gobiodon hypselopterus Bleeker, 1875
(Junior synonym)
Gobius citrinus Ruppell, 1838
(Senior synonym)
Gobiodon erythrophaios Bleeker, 1856
Gobiodon citrinus Klunzinger, 1871
Gobiodon citrinus Gunther, 1877
Gobiodon citrinus Day, 1889
Pseudogobiodon citrinus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Gobiodon quinquestrigatus M. Weber, 1913
Gobiodon hypselopterus de Beaufort, 1913
Gobiodon citrinus McCulloch and Ogilby, 1919
Gobiodon hypselopterus Herre, 1927
Gobiodon citrinus Fowler, 1928
Gobiodon citrinus Koumans, 1941

Common Name (s)
• Citron Goby (English)
• Poison Goby (English)
• Reendumurukka Mas (Mahl)
• Lemon Goby
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
Produces toxic mucus)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Zoobenthos


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Island (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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