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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Gobiidae
Frill-fin goby
Bathygobius sp.
Family Gobiidae
updated Sep 2020

Where seen? This pretty spotted goby is commonly seen on many of our shores, in rocky shores, coral rubble and reefs.

Features: 4-7cm long. It has bulging cheeks and a pattern of tiny white spots regularly spaced on its face and in rows down its body. Usually a pair of dark saddles, as well as dark blotches, along the body length.

The most commonly seen frill-fin gobies on our shores are the Common frill-fin goby (Bathygobius fuscus) and Meggitt's frill-fin goby (Bathygobius meggitti) which look very similar.

Pulau Hantu, Jun 09

Tiny white dots regularly spaced on face and in rows on its body.
St. John's Island, Sep 07

Frill-fin gobies on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

East Coast NSRCC, Nov 20
Photo shared by James Koh on flickr.

Berlayar Creek, Oct 15
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

Sentosa Serapong, May 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Jong, Jun 09
Photo shared by Liana Tang on her blog.

Thanks to Dr Zeehan Jaafar for identifying some of these fishes.



  • Larson, Helen K and Kelvin K. P. Lim. 2005. A Guide to Gobies of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 164pp.
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