Animal Species:Crab-eye Goby, Signigobius biocellatus Hoese & Allen 1977

Standard Common Name

Crab-eye Goby

Alternative Name/s

Four-eyed Goby, Signal Goby, Twinspot Goby

Identification

Easily recognised by the ocelli on the dorsal fins and the dark pelvic and anal fins with blue spots.

Size range

The species grows to 6.5 cm in length.

Distribution

The species is endemic to Australia.  It occurs around the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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.

Signigobius biocellatus

Mating and reproduction

Interesting breeding information in this video.

Classification

Species:
biocellatus
Genus:
Signigobius
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  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.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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