Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobionellinae
Etymology: Rhinogobius: Greek, rhinos = nose + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335); sagittus: Derived from the Latin word sagitto (arrow); the specific name refers to the arrow-shape of the infraorbital deep brown mark on the anterior portion of cheek in male.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range 0 - ? m (Ref. 79879). Subtropical
Asia: Minjiang basin in Fujian, China.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79879)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7. Diagnosed from all other species of the genus Rhinogobius by the unique combination of the following characters: second dorsal fin with one spine and 8 rays; anal fin with one spine and 7 rays; pectoral fin with 16-17 rays; scale on longitudinal series 29-31; predorsal scales 3-4; vertebrae 10+16 (total 26); gill opening restricted, reaching ventrally near vertical midline of opercle; body side with 5-6 major patches of blackish-brown clusters of irregular small spots in male; caudal fin base with either an arrow-shaped black mark or a rounded black spot in male; dorsal part of snout with a pair of deep red stripes; cheek with an arrow-shaped infraorbital red to brown curve following with 4-5 parallel, oblique brown stripes in male; branchiostegal membrane grayish with 8-10 rounded red spots in male; and pectoral fin with semicircular creamy yellow background, and a median orange spot and vertical orange bar on lower half (Ref. 79879).
Inhabits shallow riffles with depth 20-40 cm, substratum of small pebbles and slow to moderate water flow (Ref. 79879).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Chen, I.-S. and P.J. Miller, 2008. Two new freshwater gobies of genus Rhinogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) in Southern China, around the northern region of the South China sea. The Raffles Bull. Zool. 19:225-232. (Ref. 79879)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00851 (0.00385 - 0.01883), 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
): 3.2 ±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 (10 of 100) .