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This paper deals with three new distributional records of gobies viz. Amblyeleotris downingi Randall, 1994, Psammogobius biocellatus (Valenciennes, 1837), and Valenciennea muralis (Valenciennes, 1837) from Bangladeshi waters in the northernmost part of the Bay of Bengal. The examined specimens are identified and described by morphomeristic characteristics in addition to DNA barcoding based on mitochondrial COI gene. The COI barcode sequence of Amblyeleotris downingi is submitted for the first time in the GenBank. In addition, an updated checklist of gobies of the country is also compiled in this paper.


First record Gobiid fish Saint Martin’s Island Sonadia Island.

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Kazi AHSAN HABIB, Aquatic Bioresource Research Lab, Department of Fisheries Biology and Genetics, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh.

Professor, Department of Fisheries Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Science, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
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ISLAM, M. J., SIDDIQUEKI, T., NEOGI, A. K., HOSSAIN, M. Y., HAMMER, M., & AHSAN HABIB, K. (2021). Morphology and DNA barcode confirm three new records of gobies (Gobiiformes: Gobiidae) from Bangladesh. Iranian Journal of Ichthyology, 8(2), 114–124.


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