Animal Species:Whitebarred Goby, Amblygobius phalaena (Valenciennes, 1837)
The Whitebarred Goby is greenish brown above and pale below. The species occurs in shallow marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Banded Goby, Barred Goby, Brown-barred Goby, Dusky Barred Goby, Spotty-tail Goby, White-bar Goby, White-barred Goby, White-spotted Goby
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.
It grows to 15 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
The species is usually seen swimming just above the bottom in areas of sand, silt or sparse seagrass.
- 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.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Whitebarred Goby, Amblygobius phalaena, Gobiidae, greenish brown, pale, long and skinny, 10 cm - 30 cm, stripes, spots, soft substrate (sand), seagrass, marine, dark bars on the body,