Elongate Coralgoby, Gobiodon prolixus Winterbottom & Harold 2005

An Elongate Coralgoby, Gobiodon prolixus, in Palau. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A relatively long and slender pale brown coralgoby with five narrow pale blue vertical lines on the head and pectoral-fin base.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Gobiodon prolixus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 Jan 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/2726

Elongate Coralgoby, Gobiodon prolixus Winterbottom & Harold 2005

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Recorded in Australia from Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to the Solitary Islands, New South Wales. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin VII, 10; Anal fin I, 8. 
Body slender, to somewhat tubular, depth at origin of pelvic-fin spine 27-36% SL. 


Body brown to pale brown with five narrow pale blue vertical lines on head and petoral-fin base.



The species name prolixus is Latin meaning 'stretched out long' in reference to the elongate body of this species compared with other species in the genus Gobiodon.

Species Citation

Gobiodon prolixus Winterbottom & Harold, 2005, Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 118(3): 583, Figs. 1-4. Type locality: Southeastern side of Hon Mot Island, 12°10'38.8"N, 109°16'14.2"E, Nha Trang, Vietnam, depth 0-5 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2019

Elongate Coralgoby, Gobiodon prolixus Winterbottom & Harold 2005


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

Harold, A.S., R. Winterbottom, P.L. Munday & R.W. Chapman. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of Indo-Pacific coral gobies of the genus Gobiodon (Teleostei: Gobiidae), based on morphological and molecular data. Bulletin of Marine Science 82(1): 119-136.

Herler, J., S.V. Bogorodsky & T. Suzuki. 2013. Four new species of gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Gobiodon), with comments on their relationships within the genus. Zootaxa 3709(4): 301-329.
Winterbottom, R. & A.S. Harold. 2005. Gobiodon prolixus, a new species of gobiid fish (Teleostei: Perciformes: Gobiidae) from the Indo-west Pacific. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 118(3): 582-589.

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CAAB Code:37428454

Behaviour:0-40 m

Behaviour:Commensal with Acropora corals

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.2 cm

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