Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Amblyopinae
Etymology: Odontamblyopus: Greek, odous = teeth + Greek,amblys = darkness + Greek, pous = foot (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; brackish; benthopelagic. Subtropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 45323)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 35 - 44;
Vertebrae: 30 - 34. Pectoral -fin rays free and silk-like. Caudal fin long; SL more than 80% of TL (Ref. 45316). Two (rarely 3) anal fin pterygiophores preceding first haemal spine. Cycloid scales embedded on head and body. Eyes rudimentary but distinct, covered by skin. Several short barbels may be present on underside of chin (Ref. 45323).
Northwest Pacific: Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan.
A species that creates elaborate burrows in mud. Its burrows are tunnel-shaped, vertical, and extend to depths of 50-90 cm into the substrate; 4-9 other smaller tunnels radiate from the primary tunnel and connect to the outside. Feeds on a variety of food including bivalves, crustaceans, cephalopods, and small fishes (Ref. 45323). At low tide, this fish is a facultative breather (Ref. 92840).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Murdy, E.O. and K. Shibukawa, 2001. A revision of the gobiid fish genus Odontamblyopus (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae). Ichthyol. Res. 48(1):31-43. (Ref. 45323)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00358 - 0.02430), b=3.02 (2.80 - 3.24), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.5 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 to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .