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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Gobiidae
Frill-fin goby
Bathygobius sp.
Family Gobiidae
updated Oct 2016

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.

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.

St. John's Island, Sep 07

Sisters Island, Aug 08

St. John's Island, May 0

Tiny white dots regularly spaced on face
and in rows on its body.

Frill-fin gobies on Singapore shores

Photos of Frill-fin gobies for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

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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