Latin name

Stigmatogobius sadanundio

Other names

Gobio caballero, knigth goby.


Vertebrae: 26-27. Presence of interorbital and postorbital pores, preopercular pores. Longitudinal scales 25-29. Transverse scales posteriorly 8-10. Anteroposterior scales 7-10, reaching the eyes.

Features of fish fins

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-8; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 7-8. 

Fish colouring

Body pearly gray with three or four roughly aligned rows of round black spots on sides. Bases of soft dorsal and anal fins with elongated spots and veins (aligned along fin rays). Elongated blackish spot on first dorsal fin between third and fifth dorsal fin rays. 


Asia: from India, Sri Lanka and the Andaman Islands to Singapore and Indonesia.


Freshwater, brackish, benthopelagic, amphidromous, tropical (20°C - 26°C). pH range: 7.0 - 8.0. Range dH: 9-19. Occurs in estuaries and intertidal areas. Prefers freshwater, rarely found in brackish water.


This species can reach a length of 9 centimeters (3.5 inches).


If kept in an aquarium with fish of the same species, fights may occur as it is a very territorial fish. 

Food and feeding habits

Feeds on small fish and invertebrates, including mosquito larvae.


Laying eggs on cave ceilings. A pair can lay about 1,000 eggs, each of which is attached to the cave ceiling with a thin thread. Both parents care for the brood.


This species is not interesting for fishermen.

Relationship with a person

Used in aquariums.

Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Gobiiformes
Family Oxudercidae
Genus Stigmatogobius
Species S. sadanundio
Conservation status No information
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 9
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Not edible
Way of eating Predator

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Stigmatogobius sadanundio

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