Shy Lagoongoby, Oplopomus caninoides (Bleeker 1852)

Other Names: Lagoongoby, Shy Lagoon Goby, Triplespot Goby

A Shy Lagoongoby, Oplopomus caninoides, at Mabini, Luzon, Philippines, March 2016. Source: Jim Greenfield / FishBase. License: All Rights Reserved

A pale greyish goby with numerous small white dots and larger brown spots on the head and body, a row of five large oval blotches along the side at the level of the pectoral-fin base, including one on the caudal-fin base.

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Shy Lagoongoby, Oplopomus caninoides (Bleeker 1852)

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Broome, Western Australia, to off Dunk Island), Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific (east to New Caledonia).
Inhabits sand and mud flats, in estuaries and coastal bays, often in the deeper parts of estuaries and bays.


Dorsal fin VI, + I,10; Anal fin I,10.  Characterized by pale grey body color with numerous small white dots and larger brown spots on head and body; row of four large ovate blotches along side at level of pectoral fin base; base of caudal fin with additional spot; united pelvic fins, well developed frenum present; rounded caudal fin, slightly shorter than HL; longitudinal scale series 28-29; ctenoid scales on body and nape; cycloid scales on prepectoral area, breast, cheek and opercle; predorsal scales about 12; 1-2 small spines on preopercular margin just above angle; depth of body 4.2-4.7 in SL

Species Citation

Gobius caninoides Bleeker185, Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indiƫ 3: 274. Type locality: Ambon, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2023


Atlas of Living Australia

Shy Lagoongoby, Oplopomus caninoides (Bleeker 1852)


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

Bleeker, P. 1852. Bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van de Moluksche eilanden. Visschen van Amboina en Ceram. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch IndiĆ« 3: 229-309 

Koumans, F.P. 1931. A preliminary Revision of the genera of the gobioid fishes with united ventral fins. Lisse : Proefschrift Drukkerij Imperator N.V. 174 pp. 

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. 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.
Randall, J.E. & Goren, M. 1993. A review of the gobioid fishes of the Maldives. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J. L. B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology No. 58: 1-37

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CAAB Code:37428203

Depth:1-66 m

Habitat:Sand, mud flats

Max Size:7.5 cm SL

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