Blackline Shrimpgoby, Myersina nigrivirgata Akihito & Meguro 1983

Other Names: Black-line Shrimp-goby

A Blackline Shrimpgoby, Myersina nigrivirgata, on a algae-covered sandy bottom at Fraser Island, Queensland, depth 10m. Source: Sue Churchill & Rogan Draper. License: All rights reserved

A whitish, pale grey or yellow to brown shrimpgoby with a dark stripe along the side, bluish or orange spots on the head, pale narrow indistinct bands on the sides, and a diffuse dark pupil-diameter-sized spot on the distal membrane between fifth and sixth dorsal-fin spines. 

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Blackline Shrimpgoby, Myersina nigrivirgata Akihito & Meguro 1983

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Recorded in Australia from Brecknock Island, Kimberley region, Western Australia, to Gunn Point, Northern Territory, and the Low Isles to Fraser Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical West-Pacific. Inhabits estuaries, sheltered bays and lagoons, sharing burrows with alpheid shrimps.


Gill rakers 4–5+17–19 (first arch); Lateral-line scales 89-120.
Predorsal midline naked or with a few scattered scales; g

Species Citation

Myersina nigrivirgata Akihito & Meguro, 1983, Japan. J. Ichthyol. 29(4): 343, figs 1-5. Type locality: Amitori Bay, Iriomotejima, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.


Australian Faunal Direcotry

Blackline Shrimpgoby, Myersina nigrivirgata Akihito & Meguro 1983


Akihito, P. & Meguro, K. 1983. Myersina nigrivirgata, a new species of goby from Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 29(4): 343-348.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Greenfield, D.W. & Randall, J.E. 2018. Myersina balteata, a new shrimp-associated goby (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 30: 90–99. doi:  Open access

Kuiter, R.H. & T. Tonozuka. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 3. Jawfishes - Sunfishes, Opistognathidae - Molidae. Zoonetics, Australia. pp. 623-893.

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.

Masuda, H., Amaoka, K., Araga, C., Uyeno, T. & Yoshino, T. (eds) 1984. The Fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Tokyo : Tokai University Press Vol. 1–2 437 pp. 247 figs 370 pls.

Moore, G.I., Morrison, S.M., Hutchins, B.J., Allen, G.R. & Sampey, A. 2014. Kimberley marine biota. Historical data: fishes. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 84: 161-206

Satapoomin, U. & Winterbottom, R. 2002. Redescription of the gobioid fish Cryptocentrus pavoninoides (Bleeker, 1849), with notes on sexual dichromatism in shrimp gobies. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 5(2): 53-64.

Winterbottom, R. 2002. A redescription of Cryptocentrus crocatus Wongratana, a redefinition of Myersina Herre (Acanthopterygii; Gobiidae), a key to the species, and comments on relationships. Ichthyological Research 49: 69-75.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428194

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps


Habitat:Sandy, silty bottoms

Max Size:10 cm TL

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