Animal Species:Flasher Sandgoby, Fusigobius signipinnis (Hoese & Obika, 1988)
The Flasher Sandgoby is translucent with tiny dark orange-brown spots on the body. The species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Fine-spotted Sand-goby, Signal Goby, Signalfin Goby
The Flasher Sandgoby is translucent with tiny dark orange-brown spots on the body. The first part of the dorsal fin has black tips and a large orange blotch with white spots. The rest of the dorsal fin, the anal fin and the caudal fin are transparent.
The species grows to about 6 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific, from the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, south to Australia and east to Tonga. In Australia the Signal Goby is known from the north-western coast of Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.
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 Flasher Sandgoby is usually seen on sand adjacent to coral reefs. It hides in the coral when approached. This fish can be found at depths between 5 m and 25 m.
Other behaviours and adaptations
The species is often observed raising and lowering its dorsal fin, hence the common name.
- 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.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 415.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow