Comb Goby, Paratrypauchen microcephalus (Bleeker 1860)

Other Names: Blind Goby

Comb Goby, Paratrypauchen microcephalus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A slender reddish goby with translucent fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Paratrypauchen microcephalus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Jul 2024,

Comb Goby, Paratrypauchen microcephalus (Bleeker 1860)

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Off Onslow, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits burrows in estuaries and coastal areas with muddy substrates.


Omnivore - feeds on benthic invertebrates such as crustaceans.


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Comb Goby, Paratrypauchen microcephalus (Bleeker 1860)


Bleeker, P. 1860. Dertiende bijdrage tot de kennis der vischfauna van Borneo. Acta Societatis Scientiarum Indo-Neerlandicae 8: 1-64 

Herre, A.W. 1927. Gobies of the Philippines and China Seas. Monographs of the Bureau of Science. Manila 23: 1-352 pls 1-30 (as Ctenotrypauchen microcephalus)

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) 

Jordan, D.S. & Snyder, J.O. 1901. A review of the gobioid fishes of Japan with descriptions of twenty-one new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 24(1244): 33-132 figs 1-33 (as Trypauchen wakae) See ref at BHL

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293 

Murdy, E.O. 2006. A revision of the gobiid fish genus Trypauchen (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae). Zootaxa 1343: 55-68 

Murdy, E.O. 2008. Paratrypauchen, a new genus for Trypauchen microcephalus Bleeker, 1860, (Perciformes: Gobiidae: Amblyopinae) with a redescription of Ctenotrypauchen chinensis Steindachner, 1867, and a key to 'Trypauchen' group genera. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 14(3): 115–128 

Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) 1986. Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls.

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CAAB Code:37428278


Depth:2-38 m

Habitat:Inshore, estuaries, muddy areas

Max Size:13 cm SL

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