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.
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.
The species grows to 6 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
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.
See Adam Kerezsy's article on the Conversation website.
- Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications. Pp. 240.
- Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
- Merrick, J.R. & G.E. Schmida. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Biology and Management. John R. Merrick. Pp. 409.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology