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Rhinogobius duospilus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Gobiidae
Subfamily: Gobionellinae
Genus: Rhinogobius
T. N. Gill, 1859
Type species
Rhinogobius similis
T. N. Gill, 1859

Pseudorhinogobius Zhong & Wu, 1998
Tukugobius Herre, 1927

Rhinogobius is a genus of primarily freshwater gobies native to tropical and temperate parts of eastern Asia.[1] Most are small, streamlined in shape, and often sexually dimorphic. Few are of commercial importance, but R. duospilus is fairly widely traded as an aquarium fish.


Rhinogobius sp. 'CB' from Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan

There are currently 66 recognized species in this genus:

In addition, there are eight undescribed species in Japan awaiting further study:

  • Rhinogobius sp. 'BB' "Blue Belly" Aobara-yoshinobori (Japanese)
  • Rhinogobius sp. 'BF' "Crossband" – Shimahire-yoshinobori (Japanese)
  • Rhinogobius sp. 'DL' "Depressed Large" Hira-yoshinobori (Japanese)
  • Rhinogobius sp. 'KZ' Kazusa-yoshinobori (Japanese)
  • Rhinogobius sp. 'OM' Oumi-yoshinobori (Japanese)
  • Rhinogobius sp. 'MO' "Mosaic" Aya-yoshinobori (Japanese)
  • Rhinogobius sp. 'TO' "Tokai" Tokai-yoshinobori (Japanese)
  • Rhinogobius sp. 'YB' "Yellow Belly" – Kibara-yoshinobori (Japanese)


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2016). Species of Rhinogobius in FishBase. January 2016 version.
  2. ^ a b Huang, S.-P., Chen, I-S. & Shao, K.-T. (2016): A new species of Rhinogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Zhejiang Province, China. Ichthyological Research, 63 (4): 470-479.
  3. ^ Suzuki, T., Chen, I-S. & Senou, H. (2011): A new species of Rhinogobius Gill, 1859 (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Bonin Islands, Japan. Journal of Marine Science and Technology, 19 (6): 693-701.
  4. ^ Chen, I-S. & Miller, P.J. (2013): A new freshwater goby of Rhinogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Hainan Island, Southern China. Journal of Marine Science and Technology, 21 (Suppl.) [2013]: 124-129.
  5. ^ Suzuki, T., Shibukawa, K., Senou, H. & Chen, I-S. (2015): Redescription of Rhinogobius similis Gill 1859 (Gobiidae: Gobionellinae), the type species of the genus Rhinogobius Gill 1859, with designation of the neotype. Ichthyological Research, 63 (2): 227-238.