Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Oplopomus: Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek,poma, -atos = cover, operculum (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 66 m (Ref. 86942). Tropical
Indo-West Pacific: Maldives. Also reported from New Caledonia (Ref. 11889).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 10. Characterized by pale grey body color with numerous small white dots and larger brown spots on head and body; row of four large ovate blotches along side at level of pectoral fin base; base of caudal fin with additional spot; united pelvic fins, well developed frenum present; rounded caudal fin, slightly shorter than HL; longitudinal scale series 28-29; ctenoid scales on body and nape; cycloid scales on prepectoral area, breast, cheek and opercle; predorsal scales about 12; 1-2 small spines on preopercular margin just above angle; depth of body 4.2-4.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Inhabits coastal sand and mud flats, mainly in deepest parts of estuaries and at moderate depth, about 20 meters, in coastal bays (Ref. 48637).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E. and M. Goren, 1993. A review of the gobioid fishes of the Maldives. Ichthyol. Bull. J.L.B. Smith Inst. Ichthyol. (58):1-37, 5 pls. (Ref. 9360)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25 - 29, mean 28 (based on 866 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00277 - 0.01371), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .