Eyebrow Goby, Oxyurichthys ophthalmonema (Bleeker 1857)

A pale greyish-brown goby with about five indistinct dusky blotches along the midsides, scales on nape and back with dusky margins, a dusky blotch below the eye, and a dusky crescent-shaped marking on the pectoral-fin base.

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Eyebrow Goby, Oxyurichthys ophthalmonema (Bleeker 1857)

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Northern Australia, from Darwin, Northern Territory, to Townsville, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific from Guam to Indonesia and Vietnam, and the Indian Ocean India to East and South Africa and Madagascar.
Inhabits mangroves, estuaries, river mouths, lagoons and bays with muddy sand flats and dead coral rubble.rocky areas.


Dorsal fin VI + I,12; Anal fin I,13; Pectoral fin 21-22; Lateral scale rows 51-54.
Distinct tentacle present on dorsal surface of eye.


Gobius ophthalmonema Bleeker 1857,  Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 12: 208. Type locality: Ternate, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Eyebrow Goby, Oxyurichthys ophthalmonema (Bleeker 1857)


Akihito, P. 1972. On a specimen of "Matsugehaze", Oxyurichthys ophthalmonema, collected in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 19(2): 103-110 

Bleeker, P. 1857. Achtste bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van Ternate. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 12: 191-210

Greenfield, D., Larson, H. & Munroe, T.A. 2016. Oxyurichthys ophthalmonema. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T186088A1809891. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T186088A1809891.en. Downloaded on 19 June 2019.

Hoese, D.F. 1986. Family No. 240: Gobiidae. pp. 774-807 figs in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls. 

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 

Pezold, F. 1998. Three new species of Oxyurichthys (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Copeia 1998(3): 687-695

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CAAB Code:37428373

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Estuaries, mangroves

Max Size:18 cm TL

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