Among the fishes, the family Gobiidae are the most diverse and are often
very abundant. About 90 species are present in Singapore, over 40 of these
are found in mangroves. Gobies are often recognised by their cylindrical
bodies, two dorsal fins, pectoral fins with broad base and rounded heads.
Many species also have their pelvic fins united to form a disc.
The Grey knight goby
has a long first dorsal fin and black spots on the side of the body.
Size: up to 8 cm
Size: up to 4.5 cm
The Javanese fatnose
goby and the Common mullet goby appear to be the most abundant species in
to 6 cm
In leaf-filled pools,
the Blue-eyed mullet goby may be seen hovering in midwater. It rushes for
cover when approached.
Size: up to 7 cm
The tiny Glass goby
with its almost transparent body and large mouth, occurs in tidal streams
Size: up to over 2
Also found in pools,
the similar-sized Bumblebee goby is distinctively banded brown and yellow
like its insect namesake.
Size: up to 2 cm
The conical snout and
underslung lower jaw suggests the predatory nature of the Mangrove flathead
gudgeon. It conceals itself by lying still against mangrove roots and other
similarly-coloured surfaces, and ambushes unsuspecting prey that wander
Size: up to 14 cm
The Snakehead gudgeon
is a large predatory species that is common in mangroves.
Size: up to 32 cm