Animal Species:Blue-spot Goby, Pseudogobius sp. 9

The Blue-spot Goby of eastern Australia is an undescribed species that has been called Pseudogobius olorum (Sauvage, 1880) in the literature for many years. It is a carnivorous species.

Blue-spot Goby caught at Homebush Bay

Kerryn Parkinson © Kerryn Parkinson

Standard Common Name

Blue-spot Goby

Identification

The Blue-spot Goby of eastern Australia is a new species that has been called Pseudogobius olorum (Sauvage, 1880) in the literature for many years. This species has a rounded snout, eyes positioned high on the head and pelvic fins fused into a cup-shaped disc.It is grey-brown above with scattered darker blotches, and white or cream below. The common name of this species comes from the blue spot on the first dorsal fin.

Size range

The species grows to 76 mm in length.

Distribution

The Blue-spot Goby occurs in south-eastern Australia from southern Queensland to the Victorian-South Australian border, plus Tasmania.

Habitat

It is often found in muddy areas and seagrass beds in the upper reaches of estuaries. It is also known to penetrate upstream into freshwater and may remain there for extended periods of time.

Feeding and Diet

The Blue-spot Goby is a carnivorous species.

Classification

Species:
sp. 9
Genus:
Pseudogobius
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Griffiths, S.P. 1998. Diel variation in fish assemblages associated with Zostera capricorni in three intermittently open coastal lagoons. Honours thesis, Environmental Science, University of Wollongong. Pp. 128.
  2. Hoese, D.F. & H.K. Larson. in Gomon, M.F, C.J.M. Glover & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Crawford House Press. Pp. 437.
  4. Last, P.R., E.O.G. Scott & F.H. Talbot. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority. Pp. 563.
  5. Merrick, J.R. & G.E. Schmida. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Biology and Management. John R. Merrick. Pp. 409.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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