Scartelaos histophorus   (Valenciennes,  1837) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Nip, T.

Max. size: 14.0 cm SL (male)

Color: Slaty blue above, lighter below. Dorsal fin with black spots on the lower half of the body, 4-6 short transverse brownish bar present. Caudal fin with black band, tip black.

Body elongate, height 6.5 to 9 in length, 8.7 to 10 in total length. Head 3.5-4.5 in length. Eyes close together 5.7 to 6.5 in head, snout 3.5-4 in head, upper jaw prominent. A row of barbles along the lower jaw. Dorsal fin separate, with 31-42 rays. 3rd ray is longest. Anal fin with 24-27 rays. Pectoral fin rounded, much shorter than head, base muscular, ventral fin as long as pectoral fin. Caudal fin longer than head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Boleophthalmus histophorus Valenciennes, 1837
Gobius viridis Hamilton-Buchanan, 1822
Scartelaos histophorus Visweswara Rao, 1977
Apocryptes macrophthalmus Castelnau, 1873
(Junior synonym)
Boleophthalmus aucupatorius Richardson, 1845
(Junior synonym)
Boleophthalmus campylostomus Richardson, 1846
(Junior synonym)
Boleophthalmus chinensis Valenciennes, 1837
(Junior synonym)
Boleophthalmus histophorus Valenciennes, 1837
(Senior synonym)
Boleophthalmus novaeguineae Hase, 1914
(Junior synonym)
Boleophthalmus sinicus Valenciennes, 1837
(Junior synonym)
Boleophthalmus viridis (Hamilton, 1822)
(Ambiguous synonym)
Gobiosoma guttulatum Macleay, 1878
(Junior synonym)
Gobiosoma punctularum De Vis, 1884
(Junior synonym)
Gobius viridis Hamilton, 1822
(Ambiguous synonym)
Scartelaos histophorus (Valenciennes, 1837)
(Senior synonym)
Scartelaos viridis (Hamilton, 1822)
(Ambiguous synonym)
Boleophthalmus novaeguinea Hase, 1914

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

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Sandy, Muddy


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• West Bengal, Parghumti INDIA (Record: 09/09/1984)
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• West Bengal, Basirhat INDIA (Record: 15/09/1984)
• West Bengal, Gosaba INDIA (Record: 18/09/1984)
• West Bengal, Geonkhali INDIA (Record: 07/03/1985, 20/04/1987)
• West Bengal, Kakdwip INDIA (Record: 10/03/1985, 06/04/1987)
• West Bengal, Diamond Harbour INDIA (Record: 11/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Haldia INDIA (Record: 16/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Falta INDIA (Record: 27/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Basanti INDIA (Record: 19/06/1986, 07/03/1989)
• West Bengal, Sonakhali INDIA (Record: 21/06/1986)
• West Bengal, Jharkhali INDIA (Record: 24/06/1986, 21/01/1987)
• West Bengal, Sibganj INDIA (Record: 02/04/1989)
• West Bengal, Chhota Mollakhali INDIA (Record: 12/09/1984)
• West Bengal, Digha Mohana (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• West Bengal, Bangaon, Ichhamati River INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Nandi, NC; Das, SR; Bhuinya, S and Dasgupta, JM (1993) Wetland faunal resources of West Bengal, I., north and south 24-Parganas districts Occasional paper no 150 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 18264
  • (2001) Fauna of Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Estuarine ecosystem series 4 ZSI, Kolkata 1-166 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Chatterjee, TK; Talukdar, RS and Mukherjee, AK (2000) Fish and fisheries of Digha coast of West Bengal Occasional paper no 188 Records of the Zoological Survey of India 31778 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Goswami, BCB (1992) Marine fauna of Digha coast of West Bengal, India Journal of Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 34 115-137 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Mukherjee, P (1995) Intertidal fishes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 345-388 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Manna, B and Goswami, BCB (1985) A check-list of marine and estuarine fishes of Digha, West Bengal, India Mahasagar- Bulletin of the National Institute of Oceanography NIO, Goa 18(4) 489-499 Available at -
  • Das, SR and Nandi, NC (2004) Oxbow lake environment and management of Ichhamati river basin, West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 1(1&2) 81-90 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

Page last updated on:2012-01-24

Back to Search