Common names from other countries
Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Butidae
(Marine gudgeons) > Butinae
Etymology: Oxyeleotris: Greek, oxys = sharp + The name of a Nile fish, eleotris (Ref. 45335). More on author: Bleeker.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; demersal; pH range: 6.5 - 7.5; dH range: 10 - 15; potamodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 10 - ? m. Tropical; 22°C - 28°C (Ref. 13371); 23°N - 9°S
Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula, Indochina, Philippines and Indonesia. Record from Fiji needs confirmation.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 65.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 43281); common length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12693)
Found in rivers, swamps, reservoirs and canals. Enters flooded forest (Ref. 9497). Feeds on small fishes, shrimps, aquatic insects, mollusks and crabs (Ref. 6459). Considered a delicacy over much of eastern Asia. Exported fishes command a high price (Ref. 12693). Maybe the largest species of the goby-like fishes.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
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. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; aquaculture: commercial; aquarium: commercial
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00912 (0.00512 - 0.01625), b=3.09 (2.93 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.67 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Fec = 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (61 of 100) .