Gobiodon aoyagii Shibukawai, Suzuki & Aizawa 2013

Gobiodon aoyagii in an aquarium at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Phil Munday / Lizard Island Field Guide, http://lifg.australianmuseum.net.au/. License: CC by Attribution

A yellowish-green to sky blue coralgoby with many reddish spots and/or stripes on the head and body, including 2 round reddish spots on the pectoral-fin base, and reddish spots on the ventral surface of the head.
Coralgobies live in symbiotic relationships with stony corals - usually of the genus Acropora - relying on the corals for shelter, food and a site for reproduction.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Gobiodon aoyagii in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5304

Gobiodon aoyagii Shibukawai, Suzuki & Aizawa 2013

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Recorded from the Lizard Island area. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical west Pacific.
At Lizard Island this species only occurs in the coral Acropora tenuis (Anne Hoggett, Lizard Island Field Guide)


Coralgobies can change sex during their life. Remarkably, they can change sex in both directions, from male to female (protandrous), and from female to male (protogynous).

Species Citation

Gobiodon aoyagii Shibukawa, Susuki & Aizawa 2013, Bull. Nat. Mus. Nat. Sci. A 39(3): 147, figs. 1A, 2A–I, 3, 4C, 5C. Type locality: Barasu, Iriomote-jima Island, Yaeyama Group of Ryukyu Islands, Japan. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Gobiodon aoyagii Shibukawai, Suzuki & Aizawa 2013


Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2006. Family Gobiidae. pp. 1612-1697 in Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. (in part as Gobiodon histrio)

Munday, P.L., Harold, A.S. & Winterbottom, R.W. 1999. Guide to coral-dwelling gobies, genus Gobiodon (Gobiidae) from Papua New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 26: 53-58. (p. 57, as Gobiodon sp. A)

Shibukawa, K., Susuki, T. & Aizawa, M. 2013. Gobiodon aoyagii, a new coral goby (Actinopterygii, Gobiidae, Gobiinae) from the West Pacific, with redescription of a similarly-colored congener Gobiodon erythrospilus Bleeker, 1875. Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science A 39(3): 143-165. PDF Open access

Quick Facts

Biology:Able to change sex (both ways)

Depth:2-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated, with Acropora corals

Max Size:3.5 cm TL

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