Red Eelgoby, Caragobius rubristriatus (Saville-Kent 1889)

Other Names: Blind Goby, Red Eel Goby

A Red Eelgoby, Caragobius rubristriatus, from Bindoola Creek, a tributary of the Pentecost River, the Kimberley, Western Australia, June 2015. Source: John Sear / License: CC BY Attribution-NonCommercial

A slender bright pink goby with rudimentary eyes and long-based dorsal and anal fins. Saville-Kent (1889) described the fish as being "pink in life with a carmine longitudinal stripe and smaller carmine streaks branching from the longitudinal stripe that delineated the outlines of the myotomes. Its fins were yellowish."

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Red Eelgoby, Caragobius rubristriatus (Saville-Kent 1889)

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Lower reaches of the Prince Regent River, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in Papua New Guinea. Inhabits muddy areas in estuaries, the lower reaches of tidal rivers and creeks, and shallow coastal waters, including among mangroves.


Dorsal fin VI,37-46 (total elements 43-52); Anal fin 35-45; Pectoral fin 16-20; Caudal vertebrae 25-27.
Scales absent from anterior-most 30% of head and body; longitudinal scale rows extend from just behind rear tip of pectoral fin to caudal peduncle. Jaws terminating posteriorly at a vertical with posterior nostril; outer row of upper jaw with 10-23 teeth, outer row of lower jaw with 14-25 teeth. Anterior nostrils slightly closer together than posterior nostrils. Pectoral fins small.

Similar Species

The Scaleless Wormgoby, Caragobius urolepis, is olive-brownish, and only the rear of the body is scaled.


The specific name rubristriatus is from the Latin rubrus (= red) and striatus (= striped) in reference to the “carmine streak defining the contour of the lateral line".

Species Citation

Amblyopus rubristriatus Saville-Kent 1889, Proc. Roy. Soc. Qld 6(5): 235, pl. 13(3). Type locality: Cambridge Gulf and Port Darwin, Northern Territory.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Red Eelgoby, Caragobius rubristriatus (Saville-Kent 1889)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Brachyamblyopus coecus)

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

Larson, H.K. & Murdy, E.O. 2001. Eleotridae, Gobiidae. pp. 3574-3604 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

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.

Larson, H.K. & Williams, R.S. 1997. Darwin Harbour fishes: a survey and annotated checklist. pp. 339-380 in Hanley, H.R., Caswell, G., Megirian, D. & Larson, H.K. (eds) The Marine Flora and Fauna of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. Proceedings of the Sixth International Marine Biology Workshop. Darwin : Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 466 pp. (as Brachyamblyopus rubristriatus)

McCulloch, A.R. & Ogilby, J.D. 1919. Some Australian fishes of the family Gobiidae. Records of the Australian Museum 12(10): 193-291 figs 31-37 (as Taenioides rubristriatus)

Murdy, E. 2011. Systematics of Amblyopinae. Chapter 1.8, pp. 107-118. in Patzner, R.A., van Tassell, J.L., Kovačić, M. & Kapoor, B.G. (eds). The biology of gobies. Science Publishers, Channel Islands, U.K., Enfield, New Hampshire, USA. 685 pp.

Murdy, E.O. & Shibukawa, K. 2003. A revision of the Indo-Pacific fish genus Caragobius (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae). Zootaxa 301: 1-12

Saville-Kent, W. 1889. Preliminary observations on a natural history collection made in connection with the surveying cruise of H.M.S. Myrmidon, at Port Darwin and Cambridge Gulf — Sept. to Nov., 1888. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 6(5): 219-239 pl. 13 See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37428074

Habitat:Estuaries, mangroves, mud bottoms

Max Size:10+ cm SL

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