Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Acentrogobius: Greek, a = without + Greek, kentron = sting + Latin gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335). More on author: Valenciennes.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; amphidromous (Ref. 46888). Tropical; 26°N - 27°S, 51°E - 135°W
Indo-West Pacific. Freshwater records from Madagascar by Pellegrin were based on juveniles of unidentified species (Ref. 4343).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 122101); max. published weight: 51.60 g (Ref. 122101)
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 9. Characterized by pale grey body with five diffuse brown saddles along back; midside with 4-5 diffuse brown blotches; head and body with scattered white spots; presence of diagnostic greenish patch behind upper edge of operculum; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 25-26; scales absent on head except upper half of opercle and predorsal fully scaled; mainly ctenoid body scales; depth of body 5.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Occur along coastlines and in estuaries and harbors. Usually found in brackish tidal waters. Feed on invertebrates. Found to contain tetrodotoxin (TTX) and anhydrotetrodotoxin (anh-TTX) which causes paralytic food poisoning (Ref. 54777). Marketed fresh in Mekong delta (Ref. 12693).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Maugé, L.A., 1986. Gobiidae. p. 358-388. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 4343)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Poisonous to eat (Ref. 54777)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.1 - 29, mean 28.2 °C (based on 1000 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00646 (0.00376 - 0.01110), b=3.03 (2.88 - 3.18), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.37 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .