Morphology Data of Favonigobius melanobranchus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Hoese, D.F., 1986
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Body with small spots; sides with 4-5 groups of black spots, last spot on caudal peduncle often paired and ending with a thin vertical bar at caudal fin base (Ref. 2798). Males with 6-8 dark vertical lines on belly; dorsal, anal and pelvic fins dusky to black; caudal fin with thin wavy bars and upper margin with 1-2 black spots (Ref. 2798). Females with spotted fins except for pelvic fins (Ref. 2798); characterized further by having pelvic fins united medially; presence of pelvic frenum; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 27-28; ctenoid scales except cycloid on breast and base of pectoral fin base; predorsal scales 1-2, no scales on remainder of head; depth of body 5.8-6.2 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Favonigobius melanobranchus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 26 - 29
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 7 - 8
on upper limb 1 - 1
total 8 - 9


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 8 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 8 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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