Lord's Tasmangoby, Tasmanogobius lordi Scott 1935

Other Names: Lord's Goby, Lord's Tasman Goby, Tasmanian Goby

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Lord's Tasmangoby, Tasmanogobius lordi Scott 1935

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A temperate Australian species known only from northern Tasmania, between Duck River (145°08'E) and Greens Beach (146°45'E); benthic, inhabiting sandy or muddy bottomed estuaries and the lower reaches of freshwater streams.


D VI-VIII; 13-16; A 12-14; C (segmented rays) 17, (branched rays) 12-14; P 17-19; V I, 5; Vert 12 + 17-19; GR 1-2 + 6-8 = 8-10.
Body slender, depth 9.7-10.6 in SL Head short, length 3.9-4.2 in SL. Anterior nostril at end of short tube, about midway between upper margin of upper lip and eye, about 2 nostril diameters above upper lip; posterior nostril with raised rim, immediately before anterior margin of eye. Eye about equal to snout in adult. Mouth small and oblique; reaching to below middle of eye in male and below anterior quarter of eye in female; upper margin of upper jaw in line with middle of eye; teeth in upper jaw conical, those in outer row close-set; few smaller teeth anteriorly in second row; lower jaw teeth similar to upper jaw teeth, but with outer row teeth more wide-set; tongue tip truncate to slightly emarginate. Gill opening restricted to pectoral base. Head pores absent.
Body partly scaled; small patch of vertically elongate scales behind pectoral base on sides of belly, lateral line absent; longitudinal count 6-10, and isolated patch of few scales on caudal peduncle, sometimes extending forward in narrow wedge to under end of second dorsal fin, longitudinal count 3-14; rest of body including pectoral base, prepelvic area and belly naked; scales mostly ctenoid; longitudinal scales 10-24.
Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin short-based with low rounded margin; all dorsal and anal fin rays usually segmented. Pectoral fin with rounded margin, reaching to point below middle of first dorsal fin. Pelvic fins fused to form large cup-shaped disc reaching to below end of first dorsal fin, well short of anus.


To around 3.5 cm SL.


Transparent to pale brown, with row of about 9 small fawn markings along lateral midline, many vertically elongate; other fawn markings dorsally; thin black vertical bar from ventral margin of eye to posterior end of jaws; diffuse black spot behind posterior margin of eye and similar diffuse black mark on dorsoposterior margin of operculum. Fins mostly opaque; dorsal fins usually with black spots forming oblique lines, caudal fin sometimes with wavy vertical grey bars.


Likely to be oviparous, benthic spawners.

Species Citation

Tasmanogobius lordi Scott, E.O.G. (1935). Notes on the gobies recorded from Tasmania, with description of a new genus. Pap. Proc. R. Soc. Tasm. 1934: 47–62 figs 1–2 pl. 4 [56, figs 1–2, pl. 4(2)].
Leven River, west Ulverstone, TAS.


Martin F. Gomon

Lord's Tasmangoby, Tasmanogobius lordi Scott 1935


Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. (2002). Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia.  Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [285].

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. (1983). Fishes of Tasmania.  Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs [452].

Merrick, J.R. & Schmida, G.E. (1984). Australian Freshwater Fishes Biology and Management.  Sydney : J.R. Merrick 409 pp. figs 280 col. figs [314].

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CAAB Code:37428010

Habitat:freshwater streams and estuaries

Max Size:3.5 cm SL


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