Animal Species:Hoese's Sandgoby, Istigobius hoesei Murdy & McEachran, 1982
Hoese's Sandgoby is a small marine species that is only known from Australia. It was named in honour of Australian Museum ichthyologist Dr Doug Hoese.
Hoese's Sandgoby can be recognised by its raised eyes, elongate body, and pale sandy to pink colour with dots and dashes. It often has blackish lips. Like most gobies, it has pelvic fins fused into a cup-shaped disc.
Hoese's Sandgoby grows to 10 cm in length.
The species is endemic to Australia, occurring from the central Queensland coast and the central New South Wales coast south to Sydney.
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 lives in protected bays and estuaries in depths from 3 m to 20 m.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Crawford House Press. Pp. 437.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology