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Acanthogobius flavimanus (Yellowfin goby; Spotted goby; Japanese river goby)

Synonyms: Aboma snyderi; Acanthogobius flavimannus; Gobius flavimanus; Gobius stigmothonus
Language: Japanese; Korean; Mandarin Chinese; Russian; Spanish; Vietnamese

Wikipedia Abstract

Acanthogobius flavimanus is a species of fish in the goby family known by the common name yellowfin goby. Other common names include mahaze, Japanese river goby, Oriental goby, and spotted goby. It is native to Asia, where its range includes China, Japan, Korea, parts of Russia, Vietnam, and Malaysia. It has spread beyond its native range to become an introduced, and often invasive, species. It has been recorded in Australia, Mexico, and Florida and California in the United States.
View Wikipedia Record: Acanthogobius flavimanus

Invasive Species

The yellowfin goby, Acanthogobius flavimanus is native to Asia. It has been introduced to Australia and the west coast of North America through ship ballast water and hull fouling. It negatively interacts with native and endangered species competing for food and resources.
View ISSG Record: Acanthogobius flavimanus


Migration [1]  Amphidromous


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Honshu - Shikoku - Kyushu Japan Palearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    
Oregon & Northern California Coastal United States Nearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    
Sacramento - San Joaquin United States Nearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    
Southern California Coastal - Baja California Mexico, United States Nearctic Xeric Freshwaters and Endorheic Basins    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary   California, United States


Prey / Diet

Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[2]
Eteone longa (étéone)[2]
Himasthla rhigedana[2]
Oithona davisae[2]
Parorchis acanthus[2]
Renicola buchanani[2]


Acanthogobius lactipes (Goby)[2]
Lateolabrax japonicus (Spotted sea bass)[2]
Lophius litulon (Anglerfish)[2]
Nycticorax nycticorax (Black-crowned Night-Heron)[2]
Okamejei kenojei (Swarthy skate)[2]
Phalacrocorax penicillatus (Brandt's Cormorant)[2]
Podiceps auritus (Horned Grebe)[2]
Sillago japonica (Japanese sillago)[2]


Parasitized by 
Acanthotrema hancocki[2]
Clavinema mariae <Unverified Name>[3]
Coitocaecum orthorchis[3]
Heterophyes nocens[3]
Heterophyopsis continua[3]
Hysterothylacium haze <Unverified Name>[3]
Lecithaster stellatus[3]
Polylabris acanthogobii[3]
Pseudodactylogyrus haze[3]
Pseudogalactosoma macrostoma[3]
Pygidiopsis summa[2]
Pygidiopsoides spindalis[2]
Stellantchasmus falcatus[3]
Stictodora fuscatum <Unverified Name>[3]
Stictodora lari[3]

Range Map

America, North - Inland waters; Amur; Arctic Ocean; Asia - Inland waters; Asia: Japan, Korea and Siberia.; Australia; California Current; China; East Central Australian Shelf; Former USSR - Inland waters; Hong Kong; Japan; Korea, Republic of; Kuroshio Current; Mexico; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palearctic; Russian Federation; South China Sea; USA (contiguous states); Viet Nam; Yellow Sea;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access