Bathygobius fuscus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Bathygobius fuscus
Species Authority: (Rüppell, 1830)
Common Name(s):
English Brown Frillfin, Dusky Frillfin Goby, Common Goby, Brown Goby, Dusky Frill-goby, Frill Goby
Acentrogobius scrutarius Whitley, 1955
Drombus whitleyi Fowler, 1931
Gobius atripinnis Fowler, 1934
Gobius caledonicus Sauvage, 1880
Gobius darnleyensis Alleyne & Macleay, 1877
Gobius filamentosus Sauvage, 1883
Gobius fuscus Rüppell, 1830
Gobius marginalis De Vis, 1884
Gobius nebulopunctatus Valenciennes, 1837
Gobius nigripinnis Alleyne & Macleay, 1877
Gobius obscurus Peters, 1855
Gobius poecilichthys Jordan & Snyder, 1901
Gobius punctillatus Rüppell, 1830
Taxonomic Notes: Bathygobius fuscus was originally described as Gobius fuscus by Rüppell (1830) from Red Sea.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-03-18
Assessor(s): Dahanukar, N.
Reviewer(s): Rema Devi, K.R., Gopalakrishnan, A., Arunachalam, M., Shrikant, J., Johnson, J.A., Rahul, K. & Molur, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Bathygobius fuscus is a widely distributed species with no known major threat. Hence it is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Bathygobius fuscus is a widely distributed species in tropical seas, brackish water and freshwater. It is found in the Red Sea, Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Maldives, all costal states of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka, Wake Atoll, Marquesas Islands and Gambier Islands, north to South Korea and southern Japan, south to Western Australia, Queensland (Australia), New Caledonia, Norfolk Island and Tonga (Tilak 1972, Jones et al. 1981, Talwar and Jhingran 1991, Rao et al. 2000, Eschmeyer and Fricke 2011).
Australia; Bangladesh; China; Fiji; Hong Kong; India (Andaman Is., Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Laccadive Is., Maharashtra, Nicobar Is., Orissa, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal); Indonesia; Japan; Korea, Republic of; Myanmar; Papua New Guinea; Sri Lanka; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: Bathygobius fuscus is relatively common. In Australia the fish contributed to 1.63% of the total catch (Depczynski and Bellwood 2004).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is primarily a marine species occasionally entering freshwaters. It is found mainly in the creeks (Rao et al. 2000) and it prefers habitats with sand and rubble, soft coral and open reefs (Depczynski and Bellwood 2004). It is a detritus feeder (Depczynski and Bellwood 2003).
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species has no fishery value (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation action plan is in place directed towards Bathygobius fuscus. It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas.

Citation: Dahanukar, N. 2013. Bathygobius fuscus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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