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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Gobiidae
Brown shore goby
Drombus triangularis*
Family Gobiidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? These little brown gobies are often seen on many of our shores from sandy to silty shores near reefs, also among seagrasses and mangroves.

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

Pasir Ris Park, Jun 08

Changi, Sep 10

Sharing a burrow with a snapping shrimp.

*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

Photos Brown shore gobies for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Tanah Merah, May 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his 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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