Thursday, December 27, 2012


Suborder Gobioidei

This suborder contains mainly gobies. Gobies are characterised by their disc-shaped pelvic fins, which form a sucker that allows them to hang on to surfaces. Mudskippers are gobies, which have adapted to living out of water. Gobies are generally small fish, although the Giant Mudskippers can grow up to 30 cm long.

A goby at Chek Jawa ©Tan KH

The Marbled Goby or Soon Hock (Oxyeleotris marmorata) is a common dish on the table. It is not a True Goby (Family Gobiidae), but belong to the Family of Sleeper Gobies (Family Eleotridae).

With a tiger barb and top view at Punggol Park ©Tan KH

Mudskippers are fascinating because they can stay out of water for a period of time. They are part of the Goby family. There are more than 10 species that can be found in Singapore. The more common ones are the Giant, Blue-spotted, Gold-spotted and Yellow-spotted. The Giant Mudskipper is the largest of them all. It has a black stripe along the whole length of the body. The Blue-spotted Mudskipper has several black stripes on its body and blue spots all over, but more on the face.

Giant Mudskipper behind and Blue-spotted Mudskipper in front at Lor Halus ©Tan KH

Gold-spotted Mudskipper has orange spots all over its body. Yellow-spotted Mudskipper has yellow spots all over the body and the front dorsal fin has a pale tip.

Gold-spotted Mudskipper at Chek Jawa. Yellow-spotted Mudskipper at Sungei Buloh ©Tan KH

Serpent Mudskipper at Chek Jawa ©Tan KH

F: Freshwater; M: Marine

Gudgeons (Family Eleotridae)
Flathead Gudgeon Butis humeralis - M
Snakehead Gudgeon Ophiocara porocephala - M
Marbled Goby or Soon Hock Oxyeleotris marmorata - F

Gobies (Family Gobiidae)
Bumblebee Fish Brachygobius doriae - F
Kabili Bumblebee Fish Brachygobius kabiliensis - F
Spotted Bumblebee Fish Brachygobius xanthomelas - F
River Flathead Goby Glossogobius giuris - F
Glass Goby Gobiopterus brachypterus - F
Oriental River Goby Rhinogobius giurinus - Introduced - F
Pond Goby Stigmatogobius poecilosoma - F
Grey Knight Goby Stigmalogobius sadanundio - F & M
Red-margined Shrimp Goby Amblyeleotris gymnocephala - M
Head-striped Goby Amblygobius stethophthalmus - M
Common Frillfin Goby Bathygobius fuscus - M
Yellow Shrimp Goby Cryptocentrus cinctus - M
Brown Shore Goby Drombus triangularis - M
Polkadot-fin Goby Exyrias puntang - M
Golden Flathead Goby Glossogobius aureus - M
Broad-barred Acropora Goby Gobiodon histrio - M
Common Mullet Goby Hemigobius hoevenii - M
Ornate Goby Istigobius ornatus - M
Javanese Fatnose Goby Pseudogobius javanicus - M
Pink Mud Goby Trypauchen vagina - M
Shadow Goby Yongeichthys nebulosus - M

Mudskippers (Subfamily Oxudercinae)
Blue-spotted Mudskipper Boleophthalmus boddarti - M
Serpent Mudskipper Parapocryptes serperaster - M
Giant Mudskipper Periophthalmodon schlosseri - M
Silver-lined Mudskipper Periophthalmus argentilineatus - M
Gold-spotted Mudskipper Periophthalmus chrysospilos - M
Dusky-gilled Mudskipper Periophthalmus variabilis - M
Yellow-spotted Mudskipper Periophthalmus walailakae - M
Elongate Mudskipper Pseudapocryptes elongatus - M

Dartfishes (Family Microdesmidae)
Estuarine Dartfish Parioglossus palustris - M

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