Slender Spongegoby, Pleurosicya elongata Larson 1990

Other Names: Cling Goby, Elongate Ghostgoby, Slender Sponge Goby

A Slender Spongegoby, Pleurosicya elongata, at Mactan, Central Visayas, Philippines. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A semi-transparent goby with a yellowish to pinkish hue, faint dark scale margins, a series of internal brown dashes along the vertebral column, seven brown spots along the lower side and a white stripe on the snout.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Pleurosicya elongata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 May 2024,

Slender Spongegoby, Pleurosicya elongata Larson 1990

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Recorded in Australia from Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, Cape Wilberforce, NT, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, QLD. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific.
Inhabits coral reefs, living on large fan sponges, often on the underside.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 8-9; Anal fin I, 6-9; Pectoral fin 15-17; Longitudinal scale series 23-27.
Body relatively elongate, depth at anus 6.2-8.3 in SL; side of nape scaled; gill opening restricted to pectoral fin-base.

Species Citation

Pleurosicya elongata Larson, 1990, The Beagle 7(1): 22, Fig. 17; Pl. 2a. Type locality: Bootless Bay, Buna Motu, Motupore Island, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, depth 10 m.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Slender Spongegoby, Pleurosicya elongata Larson 1990


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428228

Behaviour:Lives on large fan sponges

Depth:10-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.5 cm TL

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