Gobiopsis quinquecincta (Smith, 1931)
Fiveband barbelgoby
Gobiopsis quinquecincta
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific and Asia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-10. Characterized by overall white body color with black saddles on head and nape; side of body with four black bars on side, including narrow bar at base of caudal fin; fully united pelvic fins, frenum present; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 29-37; presence of barbels on snout, tip of chin, and ventrally on lower jaw; mostly cycloid scales, some with weak ctenii; cheek and opercle without scales; deeply embedded nape scales; very short jaw, 11-13% SL; depth of body 5.0-7.8 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits sand-rubble bottoms adjacent to reefs in 0-10 m (Ref. 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 March 2015 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 03.06.96
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 23.07.13

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