Starry Goby, Asterropteryx semipunctata Rüppell 1830

Other Names: Star-finned Gudgeon

A Starry Goby, Asterropteryx semipunctatus, at South West Rocks, New South Wales, April 2013. Source: Sascha Schultz / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small tan to blackish coral reef goby with irregular rows of light bluish spots, small elongate dark spots on midsides and short vertical bars or saddles above.

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Starry Goby, Asterropteryx semipunctata Rüppell 1830

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Recorded in Australia from the Houtman Abrolhos to North Reef and Ashmore Reef, Western Australia, and Torres Strait, Queensland, to Sydney, New South Wales, and Lord Howe Island and Cocos (Keeling) Island. Found elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-Pacific.

Species Citation

Asterropteryx semipunctatus Rüppell, 1830, Fische des Rothen Meeres 3: 138, pl. 34, fig. 4. Type locality: Red Sea.


Dianne J. Bray


Names list
Asterropteryx semipunctata Rüppell, 1830
Asterropterix semipunctatus quisqualis Whitley, 1932
Eleotris cyanostigma Bleeker, 1855

Starry Goby, Asterropteryx semipunctata Rüppell 1830


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428058

Depth:1-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:4 cm SL

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