Whitebarred Goby, Amblygobius phalaena Click to enlarge image
A Whitebarred Goby at a depth of 14 m, Flare Point, Ribbon Reefs, Queensland, 16 June 2010. Image: William White
© William White

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    phalaena
    Genus
    Amblygobius
    Family
    Gobiidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to 15 cm in length.

Introduction

The Whitebarred Goby is greenish brown above and pale below. The species occurs in shallow marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.



Identification

The Whitebarred Goby is greenish brown above and pale below. It has dark bars on the body that are edged with light blue.There is a prominent ocellus on the first dorsal fin and a black spot at the upper caudal fin base.

Habitat

The species is usually seen swimming just above the bottom in areas of sand, silt or sparse seagrass.

Distribution

The Whitebarred Goby is known from the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it occurs from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to central 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.



References

  1. 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.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.