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

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Size: 66-100 mm.

Color: Olivaceous with greenish tinge, lighter below. Head with three transverse streaks, the first over angle of maxillary, the second on preopercle and the third on border of preopercle. Upper part of head and body with rows of small violet spots and two rows of large dark violet spots on lower sides of body. Dorsal fins light yellowish with small dark violet spots. Caudal and pectoral yellowish with dark spots. Anal pale yellowish with dusky border. Ventral orange with pale violet tip.

Body elongate, anteriorly cylindrical, posteriorly compressed. Head 3.7 in standard length, 4.7 in total length. Depth of body 4.7 in standard length, 6.0 in total length. Eye diameter 4.0 in head, equal to snout and about 0.5 in interorbital space. Snout very obtuse, about as long as eye, tip below inferior margin of eye. Anterior nostril in a short tube. Jaws sub-equal. Maxillary extends to below middle of eye or not so far. Lips thick. Head scaled above behind eyes. 12 predorsal scales. Teeth in upper jaw with 3 or 4 canines in outer row on sides. Outer row of teeth in lower jaw with 1 canine on either side. Two or three longitudinal mucous canals on cheek. No pore in interorbital, no pore behind eye. Cheek and opercle naked. Scales medially on nape and of breast cycloid, laterally on nape and of belly ctenoid. First dorsal fin equal to or a little higher than 2nd dorsal fin. Anal fin lower than 2nd dorsal fin. Pectoral fin about as long as head, upper rays free. Ventral fin slightly shorter than pectoral fin. Caudal fin obtuse, of the same length.
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; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 29; 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)
Gobius elegans Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1837
Gobius ornatus Ruppell, 1828
Acentrogobius ornatus Koumans, 1953
Gobius ornatus Ruppell, 1838
Gobius interstinctus Richardson, 1844
Gobius periophthalmoides Bleeker, 1851
Gobius interstinctus Bleeker, 1852
Gobius ornatus Gunther, 1861
Gobius ornatus Kner, 1865
Gobius ornatus Klunzinger, 1871
Gobius ornatus Gunther, 1877
Gobius ornatus Day, 1889
Gobius venustulus Fowler, 1904
Gobius ornatus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Gobius calderae Evermann and Seale, 1906
Gobius ornatus de Beaufort, 1913
Gobius ornatus M. Weber, 1913
Gobius ornatus McCulloch, 1919
Gobius ornatus Herre, 1927
Gobius ornatus Fowler, 1928
Gobius (Istigobius) stephensoni Whitely, 1932
Acentrogobius ornatus Koumans, 1935
Gobius ornatus Herre, 1936
Gobius ornatus ornatus Tomiyama, 1936
Gobius calderae Koumans, 1940
Acentrogobius ornatus Koumans, 1941
Acentrogobius ornatus Koumans, 1944

Common Name (s)
• Ornate Goby
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 05/01/1987-06/02/1987)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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