Oligolepis acutipennis   (Valenciennes,  1837) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 11.5-15.0 cm.

Color: Brownish with dark blotches along back, faint blotches on mid side, the last on caudal base. Fins are usually spotted.

Body elongate, compressed, height 4 1/4 - 4 1/2 in length, 5 1/2 - 7 in total length. Head obtuse, a little compressed, 4 in length, 5-6 in total length. Profile convex. Eye 3-4 in head, interorbital 1/3 eye diameter. Snout obtuse, about as long as eye, tip below lower margin of eye. Anterior nostril in a short tube. Jaws subequal. Maxillary extends to below posterior part of eye or not so far. Teeth anteriorly in several rows. In upper jaw outer row enlarged in front. In lower jaw inner row enlarged. In interorbital anteriorly on each side an open pore, posteriorly an open pore in median line. An open pore behind eye at the beginning of supra opercular groove. From posterior nostril a mucous canal, divided into two branches, running longitudinally on cheek. Head and nape naked, a few scales close before insertion of first dorsal fin. Scales on belly cycloid, other scales ctenoid. First dorsal fin about as high as body, middle rays are the longest, sometimes prolonged. Second dorsal and anal fin about as high as first dorsal fin, pointed posteriorly. Pectoral fin obtuse, a little longer than head. Ventral fin obtuse, not longer than head. Caudal fin lanceolate, longer than head. Dorsal spines (total): 7-7, Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11, Anal spines: 1, Anal soft rays: 10-11.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gobius melanostigma Bleeker, 1849
Ctenogobius acutipinnis (Valenciennes, 1837)
Gobius acutipennis Valenciennes, 1837
Oligolepis acutippinis (Valenciennes, 1837)
Oligolepis acutipinnis (Valenciennes, 1837)
Gobius setosus Valenciennes, 1837
Ctenogobius acutipennis (Valenciennes, 1837)
Gobius pasuruensis Bleeker, 1849
Gobius acutipensis Cantor, 1850
Gobius oligolepis Bleeker, 1853
Gobius oligolepis Gunther, 1861
Stenogobius (Oligolepis) melanostigma Bleeker, 1874
Gobius acutipinnis Day, 1889
Acentrogobius acutipinnis Smith and Seale, 1906
Rhinogobius ocyurus Jordan and Seale, 1907
Aparrius acutipinnis Jordan and Richardson, 1908
Gobius (Acentrogobius) acutipinnis Sundara Ray, 1916
Ctenogobius acutipinnis Hora, 1923
Gobius acutipennis Barnard, 1927
Gobius oligolepis Herre, 1927
Oligolepis acutipinnis Koumans, 1935
Stenogobius acutipinnis Tomiyama, 1936
Oligolepis acutipennis Koumans, 1941
Oligolepis acutipennis Koumans, 1944

Common Name (s)
• Sharptail Goby (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans, nektons


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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