Awaous melanocephalus (Bleeker, 1849)
Largesnout goby
photo by CAFS

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobionellinae
Max. size:  15 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic, amphidromous
Distribution:  Asia and Oceania: India, Sri Lanka, Ryukyu Islands, China, Taiwan, Viet Nam, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Reported from Fiji (Ref. 12743). Record from Mauritius (Bleeker 1879) needs confirmation (Ref. 4343).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 10-10
Biology:  Adults inhabit clear streams, often in rainforest with mud, sand or gravel bottoms (Ref. 2847). Usually occur within 50 km of the sea (Ref. 2847).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 11 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 24.11.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 02.10.07

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