Animal Species:Flasher Sandgoby, Fusigobius signipinnis (Hoese & Obika, 1988)

The Flasher Sandgoby is translucent with tiny dark orange-brown spots on the body. The species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific.

Standard Common Name

Flasher Sandgoby

Alternative Name/s

Fine-spotted Sand-goby, Signal Goby, Signalfin Goby

Identification

The Flasher Sandgoby is translucent with tiny dark orange-brown spots on the body. The first part of the dorsal fin has black tips and a large orange blotch with white spots. The rest of the dorsal fin, the anal fin and the caudal fin are transparent.

Size range

The species grows to about 6 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific, from the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, south to Australia and east to Tonga.  In Australia the Signal Goby is known from the north-western coast of Western Australia and from the northern 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.

Fusigobius signipinnis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Flasher Sandgoby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The Flasher Sandgoby is usually seen on sand adjacent to coral reefs. It hides in the coral when approached. This fish can be found at depths between 5 m and 25 m.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The species is often observed raising and lowering its dorsal fin, hence the common name.

Classification

Species:
signipinnis
Genus:
Fusigobius
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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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. 415.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Flasher Sandgoby, Fusigobius signipinnis, Gobiidae, fishes, ichthyology, transparent/translucent/transclear, 'normal fish', < 10 cm, countershaded, coral reef, marine, adult,