(Glossogobius giuris) is a freshwater fish native to Mainit Lake. It is called “biya” in Tagalog and “white goby or tank goby” in English. The term “pidjanga” is also sometimes fondly used to refer to the Mainitnons, the people of the Municipality of Mainit, a town in Southern Philippines. This blog hopes to capture potentials of Migrants Pidjangas for the Development of our Town by attempting to document development issues, folk stories, and current concerns, about the Pidjanga — both the fish and the people.

Comment from MS Fisheries Student on Pidjanga and Janitor Fish

A UP MS Fisheries student provided a valuable comment about our Pidjanga and the Janitor Fish.

Thank you Ms Marianne... I will conduct a further research. I would appreciate if you could also send the 1953 Herre list. I have a 1937 Manacop list which we both can confirm the endemicity of Pidjanga. Zimm (pidjangaATgmailDOTcom)

Here's her comment:
Please take this suggestion in a constructive way.

I would like to correct the scientific name of pidjanga in Lake Mainit. The white goby or tank goby, Glossogobius giuris is not endemic in the country (you can browse the species information at Pidjanga is a correct local name but the scientific name is questionable. Herre (1953) listed many of the endemic and native species of Lake Mainit. I can post the list of fish species cited by Herre (1953)if I have time.

Regarding janitor fish...

There is a high possibility that the janitor fish from the Agusan Marsh will spread to Lake Mainit. While the janitor fish is not yet spreading to the bountiful lake, I suggest that the concerned LGUs should regularly monitor the fish catch and be strict enough in enforcing ordinances/laws regulating the aquatic resources in the lake.

Marianne Hubilla-Travis
MS Fisheries Biology student
U.P. in the Visayas/Agusan Marsh Volunteer Researcher
Post: Zimmbodilion (
Feb 8, 2008

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CBCP News: Mining threatens 4th largest freshwater lake in PH

SEVEN are in the town of Mainit, Surigao del Norte... of the 15 exploration permits (EP) that the Regional Office 13 (CARAGA) of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Environment department approved as of June 30, 2010.

Read more at and Surigao Today.

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