Tag Archives: Gobies

Bathygobius fuscus (Rüppell)

Dusky Frillgoby (Bathygobius fuscus)

The Dusky Frillgoby is mainly a sea fish, but does also occur in brackish water, especially in mangrove areas, and occasionally moves also into freshwater.

This is primarily a marine species occasionally entering freshwaters. It is a detritus feeder, and it prefers habitats with sand and rubble, soft coral and open reefs.


Depiction from: ‘Spencer Wilkie Tinker: Hawaiian fishes; a handbook of the fishes found among the islands of the Central Pacific Ocean. Honolulu, Hawaii, Tongg publishing company 1944’

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Lentipes rubrofasciatus Maugé, Marquet & Laboute

Red-banded Goby (Lentipes rubrofasciatus)

The Red-banded Goby resembles the Red-nosed Goby (Lentipes kaaea Watson, Keith & Marquet), but is stronger colored.

The body of the male is bluish grey colored, the front of the head between the eyes is red (red nose), at the hind part of the body is a red, belt like band, which includes the second of the two dorsal fins. The anterior of the two dorsal fins, in contrast, is white in color, while all other fins are colorless.

The species is endemic to the Marquesas, where it is known from four (from which?) islands.



[1] Philippe Keith; Clara Lord; Erick Vigneux: In vivo observations on postlarval development of freshwater gobies and eleotrids from French Polynesia and New Caledonia. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 17(2): 187-191. 2006

Redigobius leveri (Fowler)

Lever’s Goby (Redigobius leveri)

Lever’s Goby is endemic to the Fiji Islands.

This tiny freshwater goby, which may reach a body length of only about 4 cm, lives in several creeks and rivers in the lowlands of Fiji’s larger islands, but seems, however, not to occur on the island of Vanua Levu.

The fish stays mainly near the bottom of the water and feeds on smaller invertebrates.



Photo: Dr. Paddy Ryan; by courtesy of Dr. Paddy Ryan


Awaous ocellaris Broussonet

Eyespot Goby (Awaous ocellaris)

The Eyespot Goby is an about 13 cm long freshwater goby that is indigenous to many mangrove areas, estuaries, and rivers from India to Polynesia.

The fish feed on green algae, small crabs, freshwater shrimps, and other invertebrates.

Like all Polynesian freshwater gobies, also the Eyspot Goby has an amphidromous life cycle, which means, that the spawning takes place in the freshwater, but the embryos are washed out into the ocean, where they remain for a planktonic phase before they return into freshwater to grow and to start the life cycle again.

The Samoan name of the species is mano’o ia pala.



[1] N. Mary; A. Dutartre; P. Keith; G. Marquet; P. Sasal: Biodiversité des Eaux Douces de Wallis et Futuna; Mission d’Octobre 2004. Rapport Final, Ministère de l’Outre-Mer 2006



Depiction from: ‘David Starr Jordan; Robert Earl Richardson: Check-list of species of fishes known from the Philippine Archipelago. Manila: Bureau of Printing 1910′


Smilosicyopus bitaeniatus (Maugé, Marquet & Laboute)

Two-banded Goby (Smilosicyopus bitaeniatus)

This species was described in 1992.

The Two-banded Goby is so far known only from the Vaioa river on the island of Hiva Oa, as well as from the Paaumea river on Ua Pou, Marquesas, but may also occur elsewhere on these island chain.

The species is quite small, it reaches a length of about 3,5 cm. It is mainly pale whitish grey, it bears a broken longitudinal band of dark brown blotches, the fins are pale greyish, the rays are dark brown.



[1] L. A. Maugé; G. Marquet; P. Laboute: Les sicydiinae (Gobiidae) des eaux douces de la Polynésie Française. Description de trois espéces nouvelles. Cybium 16(3): 213-231. 1992
[3] Laura Taillebois; Magalie Castelin; Clara Lord; Ryan Chabarria; Agnès Dettaï; Philippe Keith: New Sicydiinae phylogeny (Teleostei: Gobioidei) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear genes: Insights on systematics and ancestral areas. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 70: 260-271. 2014
[4] Philippe Keith; Laura Taillebois: Status and distribution of Smilosicyopus species (Teleostei, Gobioidei). Cymbium 38(1): 69-73. 2014


edited: 17.09.2017

Lentipes kaaea Watson, Keith & Marquet

Red-nosed Goby (Lentipes kaaea)

The Red-nosed Goby, which is closely related to the Red-banded Goby (Lentipes rubrofasciatus Maugé, Marquet & Laboute), was described in the year 2002.

The Red-nosed Goby occurs in swift, clear streams with rocky bottom.

The tiny males are only about 3 cm long, their front body is glimmering greenish to dark blue, the forehead is bright red to purplish red in color, the second dorsal fin and the body area below are likewise bright red in color. The females, which are about 4,5 cm long, are light brown in color and show some darker brown marbling.

The species was originally known only from New Caledonia and from Vanuatu, but was later found to occur as well on the Fiji Islands and on Wallis and Futuna. [1][2]



[1] R. E. Watson; P. Keith; G. Marquet: Lentipes kaaea, a new species of freshwater goby (Teleostei: Gobioidei: Sicydiinae) from New Caledonia. Bull. Fr. Pêche Piscic. 364: 173-185. 2002
[2] N. Mary; A. Dutartre; P. Keith; G. Marquet; P. Sasal: Biodiversité des Eaux Douces de Wallis et Futuna; Mission d’Octobre 2004. Rapport Final, Ministère de l’Outre-Mer 2006



Photo: J. Pogonoski; from: ‘Aaron P. Jenkins: A preliminary investigation of priority ichthyofaunal areas for assessing representation in Fiji’s forest reserve network. Technical report. Wetlands International-Oceania & Wildlife Conservation Society-South Pacific, Suva Fiji. 2003′

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Stenogobius genivittatus (Valenciennes)

Chinstripe Goby (Stenogobius genivittatus)

The Chinstripe Goby is an endemic species of the Society Islands, where it occurs on the islands of Mo’orea and Tahiti.

The species lives in freshwater in streams and estuaries and wanders well upstream, however, it is not able to overcome natural barriers like waterfalls and is thus restricted to the lower reaches of the streams near the sea.

The Chinstripe Goby reaches sizes of about 4,8 to 8 cm.

The species feeds on insects, crustaceans and smaller fishes. [1]



[1] R. E. Watson: A provisional review of the genus Stenogobius with descriptions of a new subgenus and thirteen new species. (Pisces: Teleostei: Gobiidae). Records of the Western Australia Museum 15(3): 627-710. 1991



Depiction from: ‘Albert C. L. G. Günther: Andrew Garrett’s Fische der Südsee. Journal des Museum Godeffroy 4(2). Hamburg: L. Friederichsen & Co. 1873-1910’

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