Morphology Data of Gladiogobius ensifer
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
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

Large spine at lower posterior edge of preoperculum; characterized further by pale grey body color with narrow brown stripes and longitudinal rows of small white dots on side of body; lower side of body with row of five large rectangular brown blotches; irregular brown saddles along back; large grey spot above base of pectoral fin; elongate and filamentous fourth dorsal spine; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 23-25; head and nape without scales; ctenoid body scales except cycloid on abdomen, base of pectoral fin and prepelvic region; median predorsal scales absent; opening of gill not reaching to above edge of preopercle; moderately long cheek spine, 21-27% head length, not reaching posterior margin of opercular membrane; depth of body 4.8-5.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Gladiogobius ensifer

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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 10 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 10 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   16 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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