Animal Species:Desert Goby, Chlamydogobius eremius (Zietz, 1896)

The Desert Goby occurs in the western and southern Lake Eyre drainage in Australia, in freshwaters fed by artesian springs. It can withstand large fluctuations in temperature, salinity, pH and dissolved oxygen.

Standard Common Name

Desert Goby

Identification

The Desert Goby is brown-grey to yellowish with darker mottling and sometimes 7 or 8 darker saddles across the back. The head is yellow below. The first dorsal fin of males is black with blue and yellow bands.

Size range

The species grows to 6 cm in length.

Distribution

The Desert Goby occurs in the western and southern Lake Eyre drainage, Australia.

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.

Chlamydogobius eremius

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Desert Goby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It occurs in freshwaters fed by artesian springs.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Desert Goby can withstand large fluctuations in temperature, salinity, pH and dissolved oxygen.

Conservation Status

See Adam Kerezsy's article on the Conversation website.

Classification

Species:
eremius
Genus:
Chlamydogobius
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications. Pp. 240.
  2. Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
  3. 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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