Fourbar coralgoby
  • Gobiodon citrinus
  • English Name : Fourbar coralgoby
  • Local Name : Muraka funna
  • Size : Max. 6 cm
  • Family : GOBIIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 5-6 spines. Second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 10-11 rays. Anal fin with 1 spine and 8-9 rays. Pectoral fin with 17-19 rays. No scales.
  • Colour: Bright yellow with a pair of vertical blue lines below eyes. Two additional blue lines, one from forehead to edge gill cover and the other across base of pectoral fin. Small black spot just above pectoral fin base.
  • Habitat and Biology: Usually seen in small groups perched in the branches of live coral to depths of 25 m. Produces a toxic mucus.
  • Distribution: Indo-West Pacific.
  • Remarks: Gobiodon citrinus is one of the most commonly exported aquarium fish in the Maldives. It can easily be recognised from other gobies by its colour pattern.