Flathead Goby, Callogobius depressus (Ramsay & Ogilby 1886)

The Flathead Goby, Callogobius depressus. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved


Body slender, head depressed with several distinctive, vertical, horizontal, transverse, and oblique raised flaps, transverse flap behind each eye; eyes close together.

Brown with thin brown lines forming a reticulated pattern, upper half of pectoral fin black, females with white spots on dorsal fins and caudal fin.

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Flathead Goby, Callogobius depressus (Ramsay & Ogilby 1886)

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Endemic to the southern half of Australia, from Moreton Bay, Queensland, to Dongara, Western Australia, and throughout coastal Tasmania. nhabits shallow coastal reefs, in depths to 30 m.


Dorsal fin  VI I, 10-12; Anal fin I, 9-10; Caudal fin (segmented rays) 17; Pectoral fin 16-18; Pelvic fin I, 5.


To 14 cm


Overall brown with narrow brown lines forming a reticulated pattern, upper half of pectoral fin black, females with white spots on dorsal fins and caudal fin.


Carnivore - feeds on small benthic invertebrates.


This species is difficult to distinguish from the related Callogobius mucosus.

Species Citation

  • Gobius mucosus G√ľnther, 1872, Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1871(3): 663, pl. 63(A). Type locality: Adelaide, South Australia.
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    Bray, D.J. 2018


    Australian Faunal Directory

    Flathead Goby, Callogobius depressus (Ramsay & Ogilby 1886)


    • Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 1994. Family Gobiidae. pp. 781-810, figs 690-714 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.
    • Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2008. Family Gobiidae. pp. 749-773 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 
    • Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp.
    • Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)
    • Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.
    • Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs.
    • McCulloch, A.R. & Ogilby, J.D. 1919. Some Australian fishes of the family Gobiidae. Records of the Australian Museum 12(10): 193-291 figs 31-37  (as Callogobius hasseltii mucosus)
    • McKinney, J.F. & Lachner, E.A. 1978. Two new species of Callogobius from Indo-Pacific waters (Teleostei : Gobiidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 91(1): 203-215 figs 1-5 
    • Ramsay, E.P. & Ogilby, J.D. 1886. Descriptions of some new Australian fishes. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 2 1(1): 4-7 9 (dated 1887) (as Crossogobius depressus)
    • Whitley, G.P. 1928. Studies in Ichthyology. No. 2. Records of the Australian Museum 16(4): 211-239 figs 1-2 pls 16-18

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    CAAB Code:37428087

    Depth:0-30 m

    Habitat:Shallow coastal reefs

    Max Size:14 cm


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