Crab-eye Goby, Signigobius biocellatus Hoese & Allen 1977


Other Names: Crab-eyed Goby, Four-eyed Goby, Signal Goby, Twinspot Goby, Twin-spot Goby

A Crab-eye Goby, Signigobius biocellatus, on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr: Pacific Klaus. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

Summary:
A very distinctive goby with a conspicuous dark ocellus on each dorsal fin, and large dark blue-spotted pelvic and anal fins.
Fantastic video of a pair of Crab-eye Gobies.
Video of a Crab-eye Goby upclose.

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Dianne J. Bray, Signigobius biocellatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4161

Crab-eye Goby, Signigobius biocellatus Hoese & Allen 1977

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Distribution

Known in Australian waters from Scott Reef to Ashmore Reef, Western Australia, and from Tijou Reef to off Townsville, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Found elsewhere in the tropical, west-central Pacific.

Inhabits sandy, silty or rubble bottoms around coral in lagoons and coastal bays. Individuals or pairs build burrows in the substrate.

Features

Meristic features: Dorsal fin VII, 10-11; Anal fin I, 10 - 11.

Feeding

Feeds by sifting small interstitial invertebrates from mouthfuls of sand.

Biology

Forms monogamous pairs.

Etymology

Signigobius is from the Latin signus meaning 'mark' and gobius a fish genus. The species name biocellatus is from the Latin bi meaning 'two' and ocellatus meaning 'small eye spots' in reference to the prominent ocelli on the dorsal fins. 

Species Citation

Signigobius biocellatus Hoese & Allen, 1977, Japan. J. Ichthyol. 23(4): 200, figs 1-3, 4A, 5A. Type locality: Linnet Reef, Queenslaand. 

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Crab-eye Goby, Signigobius biocellatus Hoese & Allen 1977

References


Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91.

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

Allen, G.R. & M.V. Erdmann. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III. Tropical Reef Research, Perth Australia.

Coleman, N. 1981. Australian Sea Fishes North of 30°S. Lane Cove, NSW : Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd 297 pp.

Hoese, D.F. & Allen, G.R. 1977. Signigobius biocellatus, a new genus and species of sand-dwelling coral reef gobiid fish from the western tropical Pacific. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 23(4): 199-207 figs 1-5

Hutchins, J.B., Williams, D.McB., Newman, S.J., Cappo, M. & Speare, P. 1995. New records of fishes for the Rowley Shoals and Scott/Seringapatam Reefs, off north-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 17: 119-123.

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37428249

Behaviour:Construct burrows

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sand, silt & rubble areas

Max Size:10 cm SL

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