Horned Tentacle Goby, Oxyurichthys cornutus McCulloch & Waite 1918

Other Names: Horned Goby

Illustration of the holotype of the Horned Tentacle Goby, Oxyurichthys cornutus, from Cairns, Queensland, SAMA F.592. Source: Pl. VIII (fig. 2), in McCulloch & Waite (1918) Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 1(1): 79-82 / Biodiversity Heritage Library. License: CC BY Attribution

A translucent greyish-brown goby with five round blotches along the midsides, five rectangular saddles along the back that may extend toward the mid-lateral blotches, sometimes narrow dusky to brownish vertical bars across the rear half of the body that join with the mid-lateral blotches or the dorsal saddles, and dusky pelvic fins that are not barred or mottled. 
The first dorsal fin has elongate filamentous spines and a tentacle is present on the dorsoposterior surface of the eye.

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Horned Tentacle Goby, Oxyurichthys cornutus McCulloch & Waite 1918

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Cairns to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the west Pacific: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, Sulawesi, Philippines, Japan, Palau, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa. Inhabits estuaries at river mouths, in mangrove creeks and pools, and tidal lagoons.


Dorsal fin VI + I,11–12; Anal fin I,13; Pectoral fin 21–23; Segmented caudal-fin rays 9/8, Branched caudal-fin rays 6/7–8/7; Lateral scale count 44–52; TRB 13–19; Predorsal scales 13–24.
Upper jaw teeth in single row; fleshy tongue rounded; upper lip not constricted, about equal in width at premaxillary symphysis as near posterior margin; tentacle on dorsoposterior surface of eye; anterior nares with dense black spot medially; spots sometimes present on gular membrane beneath preopercle or anterior process of quadrate; membranous crest with dark margin present on nape; scales ctenoid laterally on trunk posterior to middle of first dorsal fin, cycloid anteriorly; prepelvic region scaled; first dorsal fin with elongate filamentous spines, first spine of appressed fin may reach past second dorsal fin to procurrent rays of caudal fin.


Dark spots on dorsal scales of trunk; five round blotches along mid-side of body, blotch at caudal base smallest and often triangular; five rectangular saddles on dorsum (may be diffuse or well-defined), may extend ventrally toward mid-lateral blotches; narrow dusky to brownish vertical bars present across posterior half of body in some specimens, bars confluent with mid-lateral blotches or dorsal saddles; pelvic fins dusky, not barred or mottled.

Species Citation

Oxyurichthys cornutus McCulloch & Waite 1918, Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 1(1): 80, pl. 8(2). Type locality: Cairns, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Horned Tentacle Goby, Oxyurichthys cornutus McCulloch & Waite 1918


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CAAB Code:37428206

Habitat:Estuaries, mangroves

Max Size:10 cm SL

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