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.

A Coralgoby caught at South Solitary Island

Rudie Kuiter © Rudie Kuiter

Standard Common Name

a Coral Goby

Identification

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.

Size range

It grows to at least 3.2 cm in length.

Distribution

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.

Gobiodon prolixus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of A Coralgoby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species occurs on coral reefs.

Classification

Species:
prolixus
Genus:
Gobiodon
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. 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
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