Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobionellinae
Etymology: Mugilogobius: Latin, mugil, -ilis = grey mullet + Latin, gobius = gidgeon (Ref. 45335). More on author: Weber.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; amphidromous (Ref. 46888); depth range 0 - 5 m (Ref. 86942). Tropical (Ref. 13275)
Indo Pacific: From South Africa and Seychelles up to Japan, Pakistan, to the Indo-Malaysian archipelago, Papua-New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia and Santa Cruz Islands (Ref. 97791).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57749)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 6 - 8. Elongated body, rounded head, mouth terminal to sub-terminal. 2 dorsal fins. First with 6 spines with second or third the longest ones. Second dorsal with one spine and 6 to 8 soft rays. 26 to 37 scales in lateral series, 8 to 13 in posterior transverse series and 9 to 19 small predorsal scales. Cheeks naked, small scales on opercle.
caudal. Base of pectoral fins shows small cycloid scales so does prepelvic area. Belly with cnetoid scales. Caudal rounded. Body brownish, grey-yellow to grey-violet with 7 to 11 dark diagonal stripes diagonales on the flanks. 2 to 3 black spots or short stripes at the base of the caudal. First dorsal with a black mark and a white stripe on its superior margin, base of the second dorsal sometimes with 1 or 2 raws of elongated grey or black marks. Caudal and pelvic usually hyalin to greyish. One striking black mark at the base of the pectorals. Head with several iregular red and blue stripes. Up to 6cm SL (Ref. 57749).
Mainly recorded from mangroves and estuaries, but also found in coastal freshwater streams (Ref. 43716).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Larson, H.K. and E.O. Murdy, 2001. Eleotrididae. Sleepers (gudgeons). p. 3574-3577. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 42913)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25 - 29.3, mean 28.5 °C (based on 2341 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00399 - 0.01990), b=3.09 (2.91 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .