Animal Species:A Coralgoby, Gobiodon prolixus Winterbottom & Harold, 2005
Gobiodon prolixus is a newly described species of coralgoby. The species occurs in scattered localities throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific on on coral reefs. An Australian standard name has not yet been allocated to the species.
It has five vertical blue lines on the head and pectoral fin base. The body is brown to pale brown. The species name prolixus comes from the Latin word meaning 'stretched out long' and refers to the long body of this species compared with other species of Gobiodon.
It grows to at least 3.2 cm in length.
Gobiodon prolixus occurs has been collected from scattered localities throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from northern Queensland and northern New South Wales.
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
The species occurs on coral reefs.
- Winterbottom, R. & A.S. Harold. 2005. Gobiodon prolixus, a new species of gobiid fish (Teleostei: Perciformes: Gobiidae) from the Indo-west Pacific. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 118(3): 582-589.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology