Fusigobius neophytus   (Gunther,  1877) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 6.2-7.5 cm.

Color: Whitish with 5 or 6 rows of brown spots on sides; a large black spot on base of caudal and a dark stripe from eye to upper jaw. A blackish spot between tip of first and second spine of dorsal, rest of the fin with dusky markings or spots, dorsal and caudal with dusky spots. Base of pectoral with two spots, ventral and anal lighter.

Body elongate, compressed, head 3.1-3.3 in standard length, 4.1-4.3 in total length. Depth of body 4.2-4.4 in standard length, 5.4-5.6 in total length. Eye diameter 3.2-3.5 in head and 1.0-1.1 in snout. Interorbital space very narrow. Mouth horizontal, maxillary reaching to a vertical from front margin of eye. Fine teeth in a narrow band in each jaw, outer series enlarged, 2 or 3 on side or lower jaw caninoid. Scales on head beginning behind eyes. Midline of nape naked. Scales on body ctenoid, deciduous. First dorsal spine equal to postorbital part of head with half eye diameter. Rays of second dorsal and anal fins slightly shorter than first spine of dorsal fin. Pectoral fin slightly shorter than head. Ventral fin half length of snout shorter than head. Ventral fins united, basal membrane absent.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 9; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: I, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 15-16; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 23-24.

Protogynous, external fertilization. Benthic spawner.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Coryphopterus neophytus (Gunther, 1877)
(Senior synonym)
Eviota woolacottae Whitley, 1958
(Junior synonym)
Fusigobius africanus Smith, 1959
(Junior synonym)
Fusigobius neophyta (Gunther, 1877)
(Senior synonym)
Fusigobius neophytus (Gunther, 1877)
(Senior synonym)
Fusigobius neophytus africanus Smith, 1959
(Junior synonym)
Gobius neophytus Gunther, 1877
(Senior synonym)
Thalassogobius corallinus Herre, 1953
(Junior synonym)
Gobius neophytus Gunther, 1877
Fusigobius neophytus Koumans, 1953
Fusigobius neophytus africanus Smith, 1959
Rhinogobius neophytus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Rhinogobius neophytus McCulloch, 1911
Rhinogobius neophytus Herre, 1927
Rhinogobius neophytus Fowler, 1928
Ctenogobius neophytus Herre, 1936
Gobius neophytus Tomiyama, 1936
Rhinogobius muscarum Koumans, 1940

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans, worms, detritus


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jolly Bouy Island INDIA

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