Morphology Data of Gobiodon erythrospilus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Shibukawa, K., Suzuki, T. and M. Aizawa, 2013
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species possess many reddish spots/stripes on a yellow-green or sky-blue body; when alive or freshly-collected, it can be distinguished from similar reddish-spotted/lined congeners (G. aoyagii and G. histrio), by having the following set of details in color: 5-6 (usually 5) vertical reddish bars on head and pectoral-fin base; bars on cheek and operculum relatively short, usually not or barely reaching dorsally beyond a level of dorsal margin of eye; 3-8 longitudinal series of rounded or longitudinally elongate scarlet/reddish spots on body, sometimes continuous and forming longitudinal stripes; dorsal, anal and caudal fins are pale yellow with very narrow black distal margins; absence of a black spot at dorsoposterior corner of operculum. In alcohol-preserved specimens, all reddish spots are largely or entirely faded, but this species can still be distinguished from congeners by having a deep, inflected interopercle-isthmus groove; a series of minute non-imbricate cycloid scales on midlateral body; 6-7 upper or lower unsegmented caudal-fin rays; absence of a distinct dusky spot at dorsoposterior corner of operculum. Urogenital papilla in males are more narrowed distally and nearly triangular, while is females it is broader and nearly rectangular (Ref. 94251).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Gobiodon erythrospilus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
preanal 10 - 10
total 26 - 26


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 10 - 11
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 8 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   18 - 21
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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