Boleophthalmus boddarti   (Pallas,  1770) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Moreau, J.

Size: 22 cm.

Color: Darkish green with 6-7 dark spots or oblique bands. Head with blue or brown spots. First dorsal fin with or without black spot between second and fourth ray. First dorsal fin with blue spots. Second dorsal fin with 4 irregular longitudinal rows of blue spots.

Body very elongate, sub cylindrical anteriorly, compressed posteriorly, height 6-7 in total length. Head a little compressed, 5-5 1/3 in total length. Eye 6 in head, interorbital less than 1/2 eye diameter. Snout obtuse, not longer than eye. Maxillary extends to behind eye. Teeth in upper jaw in front 4-6 canines. In lower jaw about 30 teeth on each side. Scales cycloid, on head and anterior part of body with a tubercle. First dorsal fin higher than body, rays filiform. First dorsal 7 rays, second dorsal fin with 25-27 rays.

An intertidal and amphibious air-breather that actively shuttles back and forth between rock pools and air.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Boleophthalmus boddarti Rama Rao, Chakrapany and Chatterjee, 1977
Gobius boddarti Pallas, 1770
Boleophthalmus boddarti (Pallas, 1770)
(Senior synonym)
Boleophthalmus inornatus Blyth, 1860
(Junior synonym)
Boleophthalmus sculptus Gunther, 1861
(Junior synonym)
Gobius boddarti Pallas, 1770
(Senior synonym)
Gobius plinianus Hamilton, 1822
(Junior synonym)
Gobius striatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
(Junior synonym)
Eleotris boddarti Bloch, 1801
Boleophthalmus boddaerti Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1837
Boleophthalmus boddaerti Bleeker, 1849
Boleopthalmus boddaerti Cantor, 1850
Boleophthalmus boddaertii Gunther, 1861
Boleophthalmus boddaerti Day, 1878
Boleophthalmus sculptus M. Weber, 1908
Boleophthalmus boddaerti Fowler, 1928
Boleophthalmus boddarti Koumans, 1941
Boleophthalmus boddaerti (Pallas, 1770)
Gobius boddaerti Pallas, 1770

Common Name (s)
• Nivti (Marathi)
• Boddarts Goggle Eyed Goby (English)
• Goby (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Occasionally seen in markets)
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Primary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic algae/weeds, other plants


• West Bengal, Parghumti INDIA (Record: 09/09/1984)
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• West Bengal, Kakdwip INDIA (Record: 09/03/1985, 06/04/1987)
• West Bengal, Sonakhali INDIA (Record: 17/01/1987, 21/01/1987)
• West Bengal, Basanti INDIA (Record: 21/01/1987)
• West Bengal, Diamond Harbour INDIA (Record: 10/04/1987)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1953)
• INDIA (Record: 1953)
• West Bengal, Sibganj INDIA (Record: 31/03/1989)
• West Bengal, Digha Mohana (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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