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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Gobiidae
Brown shore goby
Drombus triangularis*
Family Gobiidae
updated Sep 2020

Where seen? This little brown goby is often seen on many of our shores from sandy to silty shores near reefs, also among seagrasses and mangroves. Sometimes, in a group of several individuals of different sizes.

Features: Up to about 5cm, those seen about 3-5cm. It has a chubby face with small eyes and a camouflaging pattern of a dark head and body with irregular pale spots and blotches that break up the body outline.

Sometimes in a group of
individuals of different sizes.
Punggol, Jun 12

Pasir Ris Park, Apr 10
Living with a shrimp: This fish is sometimes seen sharing a burrow with a Smooth snapping shrimp. More about the goby and shrimp partnership.

Punggol, Nov 13
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

Pasir Ris Park, Jun 08

Changi, Jun 04

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Brown shore gobies on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Tanah Merah, May 09
Photo shared by James Koh on flickr.

  • Tan Heok Hui (Changi), Zeehan Jaafar (Tuas). 28 Jul 2017. Brown drombus goby found in burrows with snapping shrimps. Singapore Biodiversity Records 2017: 98-99.
  • Larson, Helen K and Kelvin K. P. Lim. 2005. A Guide to Gobies of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 164pp.
  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
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