Trypauchen vagina

(Bloch and Schneider 1801) Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes 1837



Gobius vagina   Bloch and Schneider 1801

Gobioides ruber  Hamilton-Buchanan 1822


Indo-West and east Pacific:marine


Only a Holotype has been assigned: Holotype ZMB 2127.


A member of the subfamily Amblyopinae, and within this a member of the Trypauchen group together with Amblyotrypauchen, Caragobius, Ctenotrypauchen, Karsten, Paratrypauchen and Trypauchenichthys (Murdy 2011). There are only two known species in the genus, the other being Trypauchen pelaeos Murdy 2006.

Biological Notes

Eye rudimentary and covered by skin in orbital depression (Murdy 2006). Rainboth (1996) reported that in the Cambodian Mekong, T. vagina does not venture far from its burrow and preys on small crustaceans. Chen and Fang (1999) stated that T. vagina inhabits burrows in estuarine and coastal areas including river mouths and is an omnivorous benthic feeder.

Conservation Status

[LC:3.1:2019] [Larson 2019]

Museum Holdings

HUJ 19900 (Salameh et al 2010).

Internet Resources


Trypauchen vagina complete mitochondrial genome (Shi et al. 2012)


Key References

Bloch, M.E. and Schneider, J.G. Book 1801 M. E. Blochii, Systema Ichthyologiae Iconibus cx Ilustratum. Post obitum auctoris opus inchoatum absolvit, correxit, interpolavit Jo
Acharya, P. and Dwivedi, S.N. Journal Article 1984-1985 Some aspects of the biology of Trypauchen vagina Bloch and Schneider of Bombay coast
Murdy, E.O. Journal Article 2006 A revision of the gobiid fish genus Trypauchen (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae)
Salameh, P., Sonin, O. and Golani, D. Journal Article 2010 First record of the burrowing goby, Trypauchen vagina (Actinopterygii: Gobiidae: Amblyopinae), in the Mediterranean
Akamca, E., Mavruk, S., Ozyurt, C.E. and Kiyaga, V.B. Journal Article 2011 First record of the Indo-Pacific burrowing goby Trypauchen vagina (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) in the North-Eastern Mediterranean Sea
Murdy, E.O. Book Section 2011 Systematics of Amblyopinae
Shi,G., Jin,X., Zhao,S., Xu,T. and Wang,R. Journal Article 2012 Complete mitochondrial genome of Trypauchen vagina (Perciformes, Gobioidei)
Alavi-Yeganeh, M.S., Deyrestani, A. and Murdy, E.O. Journal Article 2015 First record of the burrowing goby, Trypauchen vagina (Actinopterygii: Gobiidae), from the Iranian coast of the Persian Gulf
Dinh, Q.M. Journal Article 2016 Growth pattern and body condition of Trypauchen vagina in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Dinh, Q.M. Journal Article 2018 Aspects of reproductive biology of the red goby Trypauchen vagina (Gobiidae) from the Mekong Delta
Dinh, Q.M. Journal Article 2018 Population Dynamics of the Goby Trypauchen vagina (Gobiidae) at Downstream of Hau River, Vietnam