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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Gobiidae
Java fat-nose goby
Pseudogobius javanicus
Family Gobiidae
updated Sep 2020

Where seen? This little snub-nosed goby is commonly seen in our mangroves. Elsewhere, adults are found in the sea, estuaries and rivers.

Features: To 6cm, those seen about 3-4cm long. A rather elongated fish with a bulbous snout overhanging its upper lip. The overall body colour is greyish or greenish, somewhat tranparent and densely mottled in dark brown. There is a black bar under first dorsal fin. The first dorsal fin has a black blotch on rear portion, second dorsal fin and tail fin spotted. There are two black spots at tail fin base.

What does it eat? It feeds on small fishes and invertebrates.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Mar 06

Kranji, Jun 06
First dorsal fin with black blotch at the rear
portion, black bar under the first dorsal fin.

Java fat-nose gobies on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr



  • Larson, Helen K and Kelvin K. P. Lim. 2005. A Guide to Gobies of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 164pp.
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