Solenocaulon Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya annandalei Hornell & Fowler 1922

Other Names: Scalynape Goby, Solenocaulon Ghost Goby, Tortuosum Goby

Solenocaulon Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya annandalei. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A semi-transparent slightly pinkish goby with a dusky blotch on the base of the first dorsal fin.

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Solenocaulon Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya annandalei Hornell & Fowler 1922

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Recorded in Australia from the North West Shelf, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Indo-west Pacificat depths to 70 m.
Inhabits coastal reef slopes, where it is commensal on soft corals, along with sponges, reef corals, tunicates, seagrass leaves, green algae and sometimes clams. The holotype was collected from the gorgonian Solenocaulon.


Dorsal fin VI = I, 8-9; Anal fin I, 8-9; Longitudinal scale series 17-20.

Body depth at anus 5.5 in SL; predorsal scales extending forward to behind eyes, nape midline included; gill opening, wide, reaching to below posterior edge of eye. 


The species is named in honour of zoologist-anthropologist Thomas Nelson Annandale, Director of the Indian Museum in Calcutta, “in slight recognition for his work on Indian fishes”

Species Citation

Pleurosicya annandalei Hornell & Fowler  1922, Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 28: 924. Type locality: Tuticorin, India.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Solenocaulon Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya annandalei Hornell & Fowler 1922


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

Hornell, J. & Fowler, H.W. 1922. Description of a new gobioid fish from Tuticorin. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 28: 924-925 See ref at BHL

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Kuiter R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Part 3. Jawfishes - Sunfishes, Opistognathidae - Molidae. Melbourne : Zoonetics pp. 623–893.

Larson, H.K. 1990. A revision of the commensal gobiid fish generaPleusosicya and Luposicya (Gobiidae), with descriptions of eight new species of Pleusosicya and discussion of related genera. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 7(1): 1-53 figs 1-29 pls 1-3 See ref at BHL

Larson, H. 2019. Pleurosicya annandalei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T118354515A118354519. Downloaded on 16 July 2020.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428225

Behaviour:Lives on hard corals, gorgonians

Depth:14-70 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.7 cm TL

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