Neophyte Sandgoby, Fusigobius neophytus (Günther 1877)

Other Names: Neophyte Goby, Sand Goby

A Neophyte Sandgoby, Fusigobius neophytus, at Northwest Islet, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

A translucent greyish sandgoby with small white and brown spots on the head and body, short dark bands slanting along the back, and a small black spot at the front of the dorsal fin.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Fusigobius neophytus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2018,

Neophyte Sandgoby, Fusigobius neophytus (Günther 1877)

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Recorded in Australia from the Shark Bay area, to Scott Reef, WA, and Tijou Reef, northern Great Barrier Reef, QLD, to Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.Inhabits sandy and rubble patches on reef flats and in shallow lagoons.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin VI + I, 9; Anal fin I, 8; Pectoral fin 16-19; Longitudinal scale series 22-24. 
Body depth 4.0-4.6 in SL; pelvic fins fully united; pelvic frenum well developed; gill opening extending almost to below rear edge of opercle; scales mosly ctenoid including those on nape; cycloid scales on breast and pectoral-fin base; operculum naked; median predorsal scales absent, 5-6 scales on side of nape anterior to dorsal fin origin; caudal fin rounded.


Body semi-translucent grey, with small brown spots on head and body, and slanting dark bands along the back.

Species Citation

Gobius neophytus Günther, 1877, Journal Museum Godeffroy 4(13): 174, pl. 108(E). Type locality: Ponape, Huahine, Tahiti and Apia, Samoa.


Bray, D.J. 2018

Neophyte Sandgoby, Fusigobius neophytus (Günther 1877)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428146

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sand-rubble areas

Max Size:7 cm TL

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