Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Oxudercinae
Etymology: Boleophthalmus: Name from Greek, ßo?? for ejected and 'ophthalmos' for eye; refers to species capability to rapidly raise their eyes above the level of their orbital cavities, as if the eyes were being ejected..
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; amphidromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 22.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7050)
Distinguished by the following characteristics: total elements in D2 24-26 (mean = 24.5);
caudal fin length 17.9-23.3% SL; head length 25.0-30.4% SL; length of D2 base 40.2-46.4% SL; first D2 element usually unsegmented and unbranched; longitudinal scale count 61-79; predorsal scales 25-35; lower jaw teeth notched (Ref. 5218).
Indo-West Pacific: India to New Guinea and north to China (Ref. 12693). Also recorded from Sulaibikhat Bay, Persian Gulf (Ref. 80050).
Inhabits brackish water of estuaries and freshwater tidal zone. Occurs in burrows and is often found on mudflats in extremely shallow water where it browses on algae (Ref. 12693). Feeds on algae and harpacticoids (Ref. 92840). An intertidal and amphibious air-breather that actively shuttles back and forth between rock pools and air (Ref. 31184). Occasionally seen in markets (Ref. 12693).
Murdy, E.O., 1989. A taxonomic revision and cladistic analysis of the Oxudercine gobies (Gobiidae: Oxudercinae). Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 11:93 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01580 (0.00899 - 0.02778), b=2.97 (2.81 - 3.13), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .