Animal Species:Yellowfin Goby, Acanthogobius flavimanus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1845)
The Yellowfin Goby is a benthic species that is usually found on muddy seabeds in estuarine and inshore areas. It occurs naturally in Japan but has been introduced to Australia.
Standard Common Name
Japanese Goby, Oriental Goby
The Yellowfin Goby has a diagonal line sloping forward from the eye to the rear margin of the jaw. There are dark blotches on the sides of the body and a dark spot at the base of the caudal fin. There is a dark bar on the upper region of the pectoral fin base and dark spots forming rows on the dorsal fins.
The species grows to about 25 cm in length.
It occurs naturally in Japan but has been introduced to Australia, where it is known from the northern coast of New South Wales to Botany Bay, Sydney and from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria.
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 Yellowfin Goby is a benthic species that is usually found on muddy seabeds in estuarine and inshore areas.
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- 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.
- Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. Family Gobiidae. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology