Gobies (Gobiidae)


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Gobies and mudskippers are members of Gobiidae family. They are found worldwide in fresh, marine and brackish water. They are concentrated in the tropics and subtropics, especially of the Indo-Pacific. Most gobies are small, typically less than 10 cm in length, although some species can reach to about 50 cm in length. The smallest fishes (and vertebrates) in the world belong to this family.

There are about 250 genera and about 1500 to 2500 species of gobies that make up the Gobiidae family worldwide, making gobies the largest marine fish family and the most species-rich family of vertebrates. Malaysia has at least 35 species.


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Scientific Name: Acentrogobius caninus   (Valenciennes, 1837)
English Name: Tropical Sand Goby, Dog-toothed Goby
Mandarin Name: 犬牙细棘鰕虎鱼 (Quǎnyá xì jí xiā hǔ yú), 虾虎鱼 (Xiā hǔ yú)
Local Malay Name: Belodok Lobang
Main Diagnostic Features: Greenish patch behind upper edge of operculum and scattered white spots on body.
Size: Maximum total length 13 cm.








Scientific Name: Glossogobius giuris  (Hamilton, 1822)
English Name: Tank Goby
Mandarin Name: 舌鰕虎鱼 (Shé xiā hǔ yú), 虾虎鱼 (Xiā hǔ yú)
Local Malay Name: Belukor, Belungko, Belodok Ubi








Family Name: Gobiidae
English Name: Goby
Local Malay Name: Ikan Belodok, Ubi
Remarks: Here are two of the gobies gathered from the coastal area in Tanjung Leman