This decorative and rather large goby is commonly seen on many of
our shores, sheltering in pools among coral rubble, near seagrasses
and living reefs. Usually seen alone, but many individuals can be
spaced apart over a small area. Sometimes, lots of small ones can
be seen schooling close together at low tide.
Features: Large for a goby, it
grows to about 10cm. Those seen usually about 8cm. Bulbous snout that
overhangs the mouth, with thick lips. On the side of the body, two
rows of black or dark dashes. It is indeed ornately decorated with
red and blue speckles.
Sometimes confused with the Black-spotted
lagoon-goby (Istigobius goldmanni) which has pairs of close-set
round black spots along the side of the body.
What does it eat? It eats small
Human uses: It commercially collected for the aquarium trade.
Tanah Merah, Jun 09
Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06
Tanah Merah, Oct 09
Sometimes, lots of little ones are seen.
St. John's Island, May 07
*Species are difficult
to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
lagoon-gobies on Singapore shores
Berlayar Creek, Oct 15
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.
Terumbu Selegie, Jan 17
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.
Terumbu Buran, Nov 10
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.
- Larson, Helen
K and Kelvin K. P. Lim. 2005. A
Guide to Gobies of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre.
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Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
- Kuiter, Rudie
H. 2002. Guide
to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers
New Holland Publishers. 434pp.
Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral
Reef Fishes of the World
Periplus Editions. 400pp.