Blotched Sand Goby Click to enlarge image
A Blotched Sand Goby at a depth of 23m, North Solitary Island, New South Wales, December 1999. Image: Ian Shaw
Ian Shaw

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    inframaculatus
    Genus
    Fusigobius
    Family
    Gobiidae
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 7.5 cm in length.

Introduction

The Blotched Sand Goby can be recognised by its transparent body and distinct coloured blotches. It isusually found over sandy and rubble covered substrates.

Identification

The Blotched Sand Goby can be recognised by its transparent body with orange spots. There is a distinct white blotch, followed by a black blotch laterally on the caudal peduncle.

Habitat

Usually found over sandy or rubble substrates at a depth between 1.5 m - 15 m.

Distribution

The Australian distribution of this species is based on specimens in museums from Raine Island, Queensland to Escape Reef, Queensland.

The fish in the image was photographed by Ian Shaw at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, well south of this recorded distribution.

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.



References

  1. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330. (as Coryphopterus sp B)
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557. (as Coryphopterus sp)
  3. Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. University of Hawai'i Press. Pp. 584.