Asterropteryx semipunctatus [Status Unaccepted]   Ruppell,  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 17-48 mm.

Color: Brown with dark brown spots in rows on sides. Dorsal, anal and caudal brownish. Pectoral and ventral pale; a dark blue spot at upper edge of base of pectoral.

Body compressed, deeper with age. Head equal to height of body, 3.2-3.4 in standard length, 4.0-4.2 in total length. Eye diameter 3.2-3.5 in head, 0.7 in snout and 0.3 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below front border of eye. Narrow bands of teeth in jaws, outer row enlarged, hindmost in lower jaw caniniform. Preopercle margin with 4 to 7 short spines. Anterior nostril tubular, posterior nostril a simple pore. Tongue rounded. Third dorsal spine filamentous, reaching to base of caudal in some specimens. 7 predorsal scales. Head scaly except snout and interorbital space. Pectoral fin half eye diameter longer than head. Ventral fin slightly shorter than pectoral.
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: 16-17; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 24-25; 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: 9.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Asterropteryx semipunctatus Ruppell, 1828
Asterropteryx semipunctatus Smith, 1958
Asterropteryx semipunctatus Ruppell, 1838
Eleotris cyanostigma Bleeker, 1855
Eleotriodes cyanostigma Bleeker, 1858
Eleotris cyanostigma Playfair, 1867
Brachyeleotris cyanostigma Bleeker, 1877
Eleotris semipunctata Gunther, 1877
Eleotris miniatus Seale, 1901
Eviota miniata Jordan and Seale, 1906
Asterropterix semipunctatus McCulloch and Ogilby, 1919
Asterropteryx semipunctatus Herre, 1927
Asterropterix semipunctatus Fowler, 1928
Asterropteryx semipunctatus Herre, 1936
Asterropteryx semipunctatus Tomiyama, 1936
Eleotris miniatus Koumans, 1940
Asterropteryx semipunctatus Koumans, 1941

Common Name (s)
• Starry Goby (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu INDIA (Record: 19/08/1993)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
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  • Ocean Biogeographic Information System Available at -
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  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Koumans, FP (1953) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 10 423 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (1993) Further new records of fishes from Bay Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 9(1&2) 50-57 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (1994) Additions to the Ichthyofauna of Bay Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 28-31 Available at - NIO, Goa

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