Ornate Slippery Goby, Lubricogobius ornatus Fourmanoir 1966

Other Names: Ornate Goby

An Ornate Slippery Goby, Lubricogobius ornatus, in Lembeh Strait, northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Source: Mark Erdmann, in Allen & Erdmann 2016 Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 24: Fig. 7, http://www.oceansciencefoundation.org/josf/josf24c.pdf. License: CC by Attribution

A tiny orange goby with pale blue lines radiating from the eye, a blue line running from the nape onto the gill cover, and no keels on the dorsal and ventral edges of caudal peduncle.

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Dianne J. Bray, Lubricogobius ornatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/2242

Ornate Slippery Goby, Lubricogobius ornatus Fourmanoir 1966

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Inhabits sandy, silty and rubble bottoms, sheltering in dead shells, worn tubes, tunicates and empty cans and bottles.


Dorsal fin VI-I, 8-10; Anal fin I, 6-7; Pectoral fin 20.
Anterior nostrils present; dorsal and ventral edges of caudal peduncle without keels; caudal fin rounded; pelvic fins united with well-developed frenum; scales absent from head and body; sensory pores absent on head, prominent papillae; depth of body 2.9-3.9 in SL.


Orange with pale blue lines radiating from eye and one descending from nape, dividing onto the preopercular margin and opercle.


May be taken in trawls.

Species Citation

Lubricogobius ornatus Fourmanoir, 1966, Bull. Mus. Nat. d'Hist. Nat. 2e 37(6): 958, fig. 2. Type locality: Nha-Trang, Vietnam. 


Dianne J. Bray

Ornate Slippery Goby, Lubricogobius ornatus Fourmanoir 1966


Allen, G.R. 2015. Lubricogobius nanus, a new species of goby (Pisces: Gobiidae) from eastern Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 17: 1-11. PDF Open access

Fourmanoir, P. 1966. Trois nouvelles espèces de poissons du Vietnam: Sicyodon albus nov. gen., nov. sp., et Lubricogobius ornatus, nov. sp. (Gobiidae), et Parupeneus aurantius nov. sp. (Mullidae). Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Série 2) 37(6): 956–961.

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)

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E. & Senou, H. 2001. Review of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Lubricogobius, with description of a new species and a new genus for L. pumilus. Ichthyological Research 48: 3-12.

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CAAB Code:37428184

Depth:18-80 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy & silty areas

Max Size:3.4 cm SL

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