Istigobius ornatus   (Ruppell,  1830) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman

Size: 11 cm TL

Body color pale gray, operculum with 5 small blue spots interspersed with brownish red spots;,5 vertical rows of white spots on pectoral fins, anterior tip of first dorsal fin bright yellow. 4th spine of 1st dorsal fin longest. Predorsal scales cycloid, trunk ctenoid. Mouth with overhanging snout, lips greatly thickened. Cheeks and operculae without scales. Female pelvic and anal fins not as darkly pigmented as in male. Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10 - 12; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 9 - 11; Vertebrae: 26. Upper 3-4 pectoral fin rays free.

Fertilization external

Synonym (s)
Acentrogobius ornatus (Ruppell, 1830)
Ctenogobius calderae (Evermann & Seale, 1907)
Gobius calderae Evermann & Seale, 1906
Gobius ehrenbergii Valenciennes, 1837
Gobius elegans Valenciennes, 1837
Gobius interstinctus Richardson, 1844
Gobius ornatus Ruppell, 1830
Gobius periophthalmoides Bleeker, 1851
Gobius stephensoni Whitley, 1932
Gobius thurstoni Day, 1888
Gobius ventralis Valenciennes, 1837
Gobius venustulus Fowler, 1904
Innoculus nigroocellatus non Gunther, 1873
Istigobius stephensoni (Whitley, 1932)
Rhinogobius calderae (Evermann & Seale, 1907)
Sicyopterus maritimus Fourmanoir, 1955

Common Name (s)
• Ornate Goby (English)
• Gobi Fish
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium, Ornamental fish.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Feeds on small invertebrates


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Red Sea (Record: 1995)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Ocean Biogeographic Information System Available at -
  • Chabanet, P and Patrick, D (2005) Reef Fish Inventory of Juan De Novas Natural Park (Western Indian Ocean) Western Indian Ocean Journal Marine Sciences 2005 WIOMSA 4 145-162
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Biswas, KP (2009) Fishes around Indian Ocean Reef Fishes Daya publishing house Available at - NIO,Goa

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