Animal Species:Blotched Sand Goby, Fusigobius inframaculatus (Randall, 1994)

The Blotched Sand Goby can be recognised by its transparent body and distinct coloured blotches. It isusually found over sandy and rubble covered substrates.

A Blotched Sand Goby at North Solitary Island

Ian Shaw © Ian Shaw

Standard Common Name

Blotched Sand Goby

Alternative Name/s

Also known as an Interspotted Sandgoby.

Identification

The Blotched Sand Goby can be recognised by its transparent body with orange spots. There is a distinct white blotch, followed by a black blotch laterally on the caudal peduncle.

Size range

The species grows to 7.5 cm in length.

Distribution

The Australian distribution of this species is based on specimens in museums from Raine Island, Queensland to Escape Reef, Queensland.

The fish in the image was photographed by Ian Shaw at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, well south of this recorded distribution.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Fusigobius inframaculatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Blotched Sand Goby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

Usually found over sandy or rubble substrates at a depth between 1.5 m - 15 m.

Classification

Species:
inframaculatus
Genus:
Fusigobius
Family:
Gobiidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330. (as Coryphopterus sp B)
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557. (as Coryphopterus sp)
  3. Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. University of Hawai'i Press. Pp. 584.


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