Luciogobius grandis B

[Yamada, Sugiyama, Tamaki, Kawakita and Kato 2009]



Yun et al. (2020) provide an account of the osteological development of juveniles of the species they call Luciogobius grandis. However, there is an important issue that needs to be mentioned in connection with this paper. Their Table 4 is a comparison of the number of vertebrae in the genus Luciogobius and they provide the following details:

Lucigobius grandis (Yeosu, Korea) 36-37 vertebrae, this is the site they collected adults from and they say that they used Kim et al. (2005) to identify the species.

Luciogobius grandis (Shirahama, Japan) 40-42 vertebrae

Yamada et al. (2009) showed, that in the species they studied, including Luciogobius grandis A (the species described by Arai 1970 as grandis), and L. grandis B, fishes with 40+ vertebrae were all from interstital habitats and those with fewer than 40 were not from interstitial habitats. I have not been able to see a copy of Arai (1970) to determine his count, if there was one, but Kanagawa et al. (2011), in their Table 2, provide a count of 41 for L. grandis. This agrees with the count that Yun et al. (2020) give for the Japanese specimens. Until it is possible to see the count from the original description it is not possible to determine finally the number of vertebrae in L. grandis, but it certainly seems very likely that the the Korean species in not L. grandis at all.






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 distantly related to four others: Odontobutidae, Rhyacichthyidae, Apogonidae and Kurtidae (samples from Thalasseleotridae and Trichonotidae were not availabe for analysis).

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Key References

Arai, R. Journal Article 1970 Luciogobius grandis, a new goby from Japan and Korea
Yun, S.M., Han, K.H., Lee, S.H., Yim, H.S., Hwang, J.H., Yeon, I.H. and Kim, Y.C. Journal Article 2008 Embryonic and larvae development of nake-headed goby, Luciogobius grandis. Dev Reprod 12:133-139.
Maeda, K., Yamasaki, N., Kondo, M. and Tachihara, K. Journal Article 2008 Occurrence and morphology of larvae and juveniles of six Luciogobius species from Aritsu Beach, Okinawa Island
Yamada, T., Sugiyama, K, Tamaki, K, Kawakita, A. and Kato, M. Journal Article 2009 Adaptive radiation of gobies in the interstitial habitats of gravel beaches accompanied by body elongation and excessive vertebral segmentation
Ellingson, R.A., Swift, C.C., Findley, L.T. and Jacobs, D.K. Journal Article 2014 Convergent evolution of ecomorphological adaptations in geographically isolated Bay gobies (Teleostei: Gobionellidae) of the temperate North Pacific
Jun, J., Choi, S.-H. and Kim, H.Y. Journal Article 2018 Characterization of the complete mitochondrial genomes and phylogenetic analysis of the two Luciogobius species (Perciformes, Gobionellinae) from Korea
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
Shibukawa, K., Aizawa, M., Suzuki, T., Kanagawa N. and Muto, F. Journal Article 2019 Preliminary review of earthworm gobies of the genus Luciogobius (Gobiiformes, Oxudercidae) from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Kondo, K. and Kato, M. Journal Article 2019 Life in coastal pebble sediment: Unique interstitial organism community and selective feeding on meiobenthos by interstitial fishes (Luciogobius: Gobiidae)
Yun, S.-M., Park, J.-M. and Han, K.-H. Journal Article 2020 Osteological development of the larvae and juvenile of Luciogobius grandis (Pisces: Gobiidae)
Ta, T.T., Tran, H.D., Dinh, L.G., Nguyen, M.H., Tran, T.T. amd Ha, L.M. Journal Article 2021 Planktonic larvae of Luciogobius sp. (Gobiidae) in a tropical estuary.