Scartelaos histophorus  (Valenciennes, 1837)

Walking goby
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Gobiidae (Gobies) > Oxudercinae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; demersal; amphidromous (Ref. 51243).   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12693)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Distinguished by the following characteristics: prominent barbel on ventral midline near symphysis of lower jaw; upper jaw teeth 19-31; head depth 10.1-12.4% SL ; caudal fin length 18.5-25.1 % SL ; length of D 1 base 5.7-7.5% SL; 4-7 vertical, narrow, bluish grey bars on trunk; no large, black spots or stripes basally on posterior half of D2; D2 and anal fins connected by membrane to caudal fin (Ref. 5218).

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Indo-West Pacific: ranges from Pakistan to Japan and Australia. Known from the freshwater tidal zone of the Mekong (Ref. 12693).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

An intertidal species (Ref. 31184) found on sand and mud flats along bay shores. Also in estuarine areas, swamps, marshy areas and on tidal mud flats (Ref. 5258). Also found in the freshwater tidal zone (Ref. 12693). Actively shuttling back and forth between rock pools and air (Ref. 31184). Feeds on algae and harpacticoids, chromodorids and nematodes (Ref. 92840). Amphibious air-breather (Ref. 31184).

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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. (Ref. 5218)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5625   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00813 (0.00381 - 0.01735), b=2.82 (2.63 - 3.01), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.6   ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.