This little goby is commonly seen on many of our shores including
mangroves, muddy bottoms near reefs, sandy pools and among coral rubble.
On some shores, almost every pool has one! Its previous name was Yongeichthys
Features: Up to about 18cm, those
seen from 4-6cm. It has large eyes and three large dark brown blotches
on the sides of the body (not easily seen from the top). It seems
to be able to withstand heat and several are commonly seen in shallow
pools left behind at low tide.
It is poisonous to eat as it contains tetrodotoxin (the same toxin
found in pufferfishes)
in its flesh and internal organs. In some places, it is called the
gobies on Singapore shores
Terumbu Pempang Tengah, May 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his
Tuas, Jun 15
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.
Beting Bemban Besar, May 11
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.
- Larson, Helen
K and Kelvin K. P. Lim. 2005. A
Guide to Gobies of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre.
- Allen, Gerry,
Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers.
Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
- Kuiter, Rudie
H. 2002. Guide
to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers
New Holland Publishers. 434pp.