Southern Longfin Goby, Favonigobius lateralis (Macleay 1881)

Other Names: Long Finned Goby, Long-finned Goby

A male Southern Longfin Goby, Favonigobius lateralis, from Mallacoota Inlet, November 2013. Source: David Paul / Museum Victoria. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A sandy brown goby with dark brown and white speckling above, pale below, a brown stripe from the eye to above the middle of the jaws, about 5 pairs of black spots on the midside, and the belly and lower sides often with irregular, more or less vertical thin white lines. The first dorsal fin of males is dark first dorsal fin with a pale margin, and the first spine is elongate. 

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Southern Longfin Goby, Favonigobius lateralis (Macleay 1881)

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Endemic to southern Australia from Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, to Denham, Western Australia, and throughout Tasmania. Inhabits sandy areas in estuaries and bays, often in association with seagrass beds.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 9; Anal fin I, 9; Caudal fin (segmented rays) 17; Pectoral fin 15-17; Pelvic fin  I, 5.
Body slender, head broader than deep, cheeks not bulbose; eyes close together; gill opening on each side extending forward to below gill cover; mouth small, reaching to below front quarter of eyes. First dorsal fin of males dark with a pale margin, first spine elongate. 

Species Citation

Gobius lateralis Macleay, 1881, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 1 5(4): 602. Type locality King George Sound, WA.


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Southern Longfin Goby, Favonigobius lateralis (Macleay 1881)


Gill, H.S. 1993. Description of a new genus of goby from southern Australia, including osteological comparisons with related genera. Records of the Western Australian Museum 16(2): 175-210. PDFopen access

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CAAB Code:37428005

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Sandy areas

Max Size:9 cm TL

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