Gobiopterus chuno   (Hamilton,  1822) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Nonogaki, H

Size: 2.7-3 cm.

Color: Diaphanous with a yellowish tinge. A series of black spots along back and lower surface from origin of anal fin to base of caudal fin. Tip of lower jaw brown. Body transparent in life.

Body elongate, compressed, height 4 1/2 -5 in length. Head 3 2/3 - 4 in length. Eye 4 1/2 - 5 in head, interorbital 1 eye diameter. Snout a little shorter than eye, tip before upper part of eye. Mouth very oblique, lower jaw prominent. Maxillary extends to below anterior margin of pupil. In male teeth in 1 row in upper jaw, conical, distant, caninoid, 9 on each side, in lower jaw in front on each side 4 large conical teeth, laterally a row of smaller ones. On each side behind symphysis a canine. In female and young specimens the teeth are much smaller. Tongue bilobate. Head and nape naked. Scales of body ctenoid. First dorsal fin low, middle rays are the longest. Second dorsal and anal fin in front about as high as body. Caudal fin truncate, as long as head. Pectoral fin as long as head without snout. Ventral fin small.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gobius chuno Hamilton-Buchanan, 1822
Micrapocryptes fragilis Hora, 1923
Gobius chuno Hora, 1929
Gobiella pellucida H. M. Smith, 1931
Gobiopterus chuno Hora, 1934
Gobiella birtwistlei Herre, 1934
Gobiopterus chuno Mukerji, 1936
Gobiella pellucida Koumans, 1940
Gobiella birtwistlei Koumans,
Gobiopterus chuno Koumans, 1941
Gobius chuno Hamilton, 1822

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Zooplankton


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)

Literature Source(s)
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