Oplopomus oplopomus   (Valenciennes,  1837) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 7.9-10 cm.

Color: Males are with more intense blue spots on the head and more colorful markings on fins than females, subadults lack the blue and yellow spotting but have more black spots.

Body elongate, compressed, height 4 1/3 in length, 5 1/2 in total length. Head compressed, 3 2/3 in length, 4 2/3 in total length. Profile convex. Eye 3 in head, interorbital 1/3 eye diameter. Snout obtuse convex, shorter than eye, tip before inferior part of eye. Lips moderate. Mouth oblique, lower jaw a little prominent. Maxillary extends to below anterior part of eye. teeth in upper jaw outer row enlarged. In lower jaw outer row enlarged, on each side a curved canine. Preopercle with two serrations at the posterior margin. Mucous canals longitudinal. In interorbital an open pore. Behind eye at the beginning of supraopercular groove an open pore. Head scaled from a little behind the eye, rest naked. Nape, breast and belly scaled. Scales of body ctenoid. Dorsal fins separate. First dorsal fin higher than body, first ray longer than eye, fourth and fifth ray prolonged. Second dorsal and anal fin about as high as body, pointed posteriorly. first ray of second dorsal fin is a pungent spine, which is not shorter than the pungent spine of first dorsal fin. Pectoral fin obtuse, rounded, shorter than head. Ventral fin acute. Caudal fin obtuse, oblique convex, a little longer than head. Dorsal spines (total): 7-7, Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10, Anal spines: 1, Anal soft rays: 10.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gobius oplopomus Valenciennes, 1837
Gobius notacanthus Bleeker, 1858
Oplopomus notacanthus Steindachner, 1861
Gobius oplopomus Gunther, 1861
Centrogobius notacanthus Bleeker, 1874
Gobius oplopomus Gunther, 1877
Hoplopomus caninoides Regan, 1908
Oplopomus oplopomus Herre, 1927
Oplopomus oplopomus Fowler, 1928
Oplopomus oplopomus Koumans, 1937
Oplopomus oplopomus Koumans, 1941

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

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) 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
  • James, C; O'Farrell, S; Hamylton, S; Ingwersen, C and Walker, R The coral reef resources of Mu Ko Surin national park, Thailand Coral Cay Conservation Available at - www.coralcay.org
  • Heemstra, E; Heemstra, P; Smale, M; Hoopers, T and Pelicier, D (2004) Preliminary checklist of coastal fishes from the Mauritian island of Rodrigues Journal of natural history Taylor and Francis 38(23-24) 3315 - 3350 Available at - taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/ index/
  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Koumans, FP (1953) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 10 423 pp 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

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