Decorated Sandgoby, Istigobius decoratus (Herre 1927)


Other Names: Decorated Goby, Decorated Sand-goby

A Decorated Sandgoby, Istigobius decoratus, in Nelson Bay, New South Wales. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

Summary:
A variable brownish sandgoby becoming  white below, with dark brown scale margins forming a honeycomb pattern and a midlateral row of double dark brown spots forming rectangular markings along the side, and usually black spots on the nape.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Istigobius decoratus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 Jul 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/3055

Decorated Sandgoby, Istigobius decoratus (Herre 1927)

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Distribution

Ashmore Reef and Cartier Reef, Timor Sea, and the Shark Bay region, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland; also Diamond Islets in the Coral Sea, and Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits coralline sand areas in clear lagoons and on seaward reefs.

Features

Dorsal fin (total spines) VI + I, 10-11; Anal fin I, 9-11; Vertebrae 26; Caudal fin segmented and non branching rays 2-3, branched rays 14-15; Predorsal cycloid scales 7-10; Trunk scales ctenoid. Isthmus narrow, scaled forward to vertical at posterior part of preoperculum. Sexual dimorphism exhibited in anal, pelvic and 2nd dorsal fin Genital papilla of male sometimes darkly pigmented and reaching to side of anal spine. Female genital papilla truncate, ending well before origin of anal fin.

Colour

Highly variable in colour, brownish on upper half, becoming white below; dark brown scale margins forming honeycomb pattern and midlateral row of double dark brown spots forming rectangular markings; two diagonal, dusky lines on operculum; an inverted U-shaped spot prominent at the distal end of upper jaw. Pectoral fin with small dusky spots; two longitudinal lines on pectoral base spreading onto it fin rays. 

Species Citation

Rhinogobius decoratus Herre 1927, Monographs of the Bureau of Science. Manila 23: 181, pl. 13(3). Type locality:  Apo Island, Philippines (neotype, original type material from Leyte, Philippines destroyed in WWII).

Author

Bray, D.J. 2018

Resources

Australian Faunal  Directory

Decorated Sandgoby, Istigobius decoratus (Herre 1927)

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37428173

Depth:1-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm TL

Species Maps

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