Animal Species:Southern Longfin Goby, Favonigobius lateralis (Macleay, 1881)

The Southern Longfin Goby is a small, bottom-dwelling species that lives on shallow, usually sandy substrates in marine waters of southern Australia.

Southern Longfin Goby, Favonigobius lateralis

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Standard Common Name

Southern Longfin Goby

Alternative Name/s

Long Finned Goby, Long-finned Goby

Identification

The species is mottled above with a pale belly.  There are two diagonal lines below the eye and a series of dark spots on the side of the body.  A dark, elongated blotch is usually present on the operculum.

Size range

7.5 cm

Distribution

It occurs from Victoria and Tasmania across to Western 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.

Favonigobius lateralis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Southern Longfin Goby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
lateralis
Genus:
Favonigobius
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
  2. 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.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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