Glossogobius undescribed species

[Sparks and Chakrabarty 2012]







This species is undescribed so there are no types.


Napolean Cave, 1 km from American campground, Ankarana National Park, northern Madagascar. Large, deep subterranean pool within Ankarana karst formation, Ankarana National Park, northern Madagascar (details from Sparks and Chakrabarty 2012).


Not known.


Kuang et al. (2018) used molecular markers to study the internal structure of the Suborder Gobioidei which contains within it eleven Families. They demonstrated that Milyeringidae is sister Family to a group of four  Families: Oxudercidae+Gobiidae+Butidae+ Eleotridae and is only disttantly related to four others: Odontobutidae, Rhyacichthyidae, Apogonidae and Kurtidae (samples from Thalasseleotridae and Trichonotidae were not availabe for analysis).

Conservation Status


This species, and its congener Glossogobius ankaranensis,  is found in Ecoregion 67 (Madagascar northwestern basins) of Thieme et al. (2005). This is an area of savana and dry forest rivers which is globally outstading faunistically with a conservation status of endangered and of Priority Class 1 (Sparks 2005).

Museum Holdings

AMNH 245685, 1 ex., Napolean Cave, 1 km from American campground, Ankarana National Park, northern Madagascar, Mad-29-2008, P. Chakrabarty and S.B. Holtz, 22 June 2008. AMNH 245686, 1 ex., data as for AMNH 245685. AMNH uncat., 1 ex., large, deep subterranean pool within Ankarana karst formation, Ankarana National Park, northern Madagascar, Mad 11-21, J.S. Sparks, R.C. Schelly, Z.H. Baldwin, and C.B. Braun, June 2011.

Key References

Reinthal, P.N. and Stiassny, M.L.J. Journal Article 1990 The freshwater fishes of Madagascar: A study of an endangered fauna with recommendations for a conservation strategy
Glaw, F. and Vences, M. Book 1994 A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar
Juberthie, C. and Decu, V. Book Section 2001 Madagascar
Benstead, J.P., DeRham, P.H., Gattolliat, J.-L., Gibbon, F.M., Loiselle, P.V., Sartori, M., Sparks, J.S. and Stiassny, M.L.J. Journal Article 2003 Conserving Madagascar's freshwater biodiversity.
Sparks, J. Book Section 2005 Ecoregion 67. Madagascar northwestern basins
Thieme, M.L., Abell, R., Stiassny, M.L.J.,Skelton, P., Lehner, B., Teugels, G., Dinerstein, E., Kamdem-Toham, A., Burgess, B., and Olson, D. Book 2005 Freshwater ecoregions of Africa and Madagascar. A conservation assessment
Cardiff, S.G., Ratrimomanarivo, F.H. and Goodman, S.M. Journal Article 2009 The effect of tourist visits on the behavior of Rousettus madagascariensis (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae) in the caves of Ankarana, northern Madagascar
Sparks, J.S. and Chakrabarty, P. Journal Article 2012 Revision of the endemic Malagasy cavefish genus Typhleotris (Teleostei: Gobiiformes: Milyeringidae) with discussion of its phylogenetic placement and description of a new species
Laumanns, M. Journal Article 2017 Atlas of the great caves and the karst of Africa. Part 1. Introduction and Algeria to Madagascar
Fricke, R.,Mahafina, J.J., Behivoke, F., Jaonalison, H. Leopold, M. and Ponton, D. Journal Article 2018 Annotated checklist of the fishes of Madagascar, southwestern Indian Ocean, with 158 new records
Wang, P., Zhao, C., Fan, S., Yan, L. and Qiu, L. Journal Article 2018 Characterization and phylogenetic analysis of the complete mitochondrial genome of Glossogobius giuris (Perciformes: Gobiidae).
Kuang, T., Tornabene, L., Lia, J., Jiang, J., Chakrabarty, P., Sparks, J.S., Naylor, G.J.P. and Lia, C. Journal Article 2018 Phylogenomic analysis on the exceptionally diverse fish clade Gobioidei (Actinopterygii: Gobiiformes) and data-filtering based on molecular clocklikeness
Gilli, E. Book 2019 The Ankarana Plateau in Madagascar Tsingy, Caves, Volcanoes and Sapphires
Ghosh, S.K. Journal Article 2020 Histoanatomy and surface ultrastructure of the olfactory organ of the freshwater tank goby, Glossogobius giuris (Hamilton, 1822)
Ghosh, R., Ganguly, S., Bhattacharjee, P. and Pal, A. Journal Article 2021 Morphology and biology of freshwater Tank Goby, Glossogobius giuris (Hamilton, 1822) from Indian subcontinent: A review
Chakrabarty, P., Byrnes, M. and Sparks, J.S. Book Section 2022 Gobiidae: Glossogobius ankaranensis
Zarei, F., Esmaeili, H.R. and Ghanbarifardi, M. Journal Article 2023 Morphological and molecular characterization of the Makran Glossogobius cf. giuris (Teleostei: Gobiidae) and the Glossogobius giuris species complex taxonomy