Fiveline Coralgoby, Gobiodon quinquestrigatus (Valenciennes 1837)

Other Names: Five-bar Coral Goby, Five-bar Coralgoby, Fiveline Coral Goby, Five-lined Coral Goby, Five-streaked Coral-goby

A Fiveline Coralgoby, Gobiodon quinquestrigatus, at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia, August 2015. Source: Francesco Ricciardo / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A reddish-brown to brown coral-goby with 5 vertical bluish-white lines on the head and anterior body. Juveniles have 6 vertical lines. Coral gobies live amongst Acropora corals.

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Fiveline Coralgoby, Gobiodon quinquestrigatus (Valenciennes 1837)

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Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia, around the tropical north to the Solitary islands, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Monogamous pairs are commensal in Acropora corals


Species Citation

Gobius quinquestrigatus Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1837, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 12: 134. Type locality: Tongatabou, Tonga.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Fiveline Coralgoby, Gobiodon quinquestrigatus (Valenciennes 1837)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428163


Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated, Acropora corals

Max Size:4.5 cm SL

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