Oystergoby, Arenigobius leftwichi (Ogilby 1910)

Other Names: Oyster Goby

Illustration of an Oyster Goby, Arenigobius leftwichi, from Great Sandy Point Strait, Queensland. Source: Phyllis Clark in McCulloch & Ogilby (1919) Records of the Australian Museum 12: PL XXXIII, Fig. 3. License: Public Domain

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2017, Arenigobius leftwichi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/85

Oystergoby, Arenigobius leftwichi (Ogilby 1910)

More Info


Darwin, Northern Territory, and the Whitsunday Islands region, Queensland, to Wooli River, Yamba, and Sydney Harbour, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Caledonia. Individuals or small groups inhabit silty-sand areas, rubble flats and oyster beds.


The species is "named for Mr R. W. Leftwich Junr., of Maryborough, to whom I am indebted for many kindnesses."

Species Citation

Rhinogobius leftwichi Ogilby 1910, Proc. Roy. Soc. Qld 23: 2. Type locality: Great Sandy Point Strait, Queensland, Australia


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Oystergoby, Arenigobius leftwichi (Ogilby 1910)


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

Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp.

Greenfield, D. & Larson, H. 2016. Arenigobius leftwichi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T68327714A68333619. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T68327714A68333619.en. Downloaded on 24 November 2017.

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762 

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 (as Acentrogobius leftwichi)

McCulloch, A.R. & Ogilby, J.D. 1919. Some Australian fishes of the family Gobiidae. Records of the Australian Museum 12(10): 193–292, plates xxxi–xxxvii (as Rhinogobius leftwichiPDF available, open access

Ogilby, J.D. 1910. On new or insufficiently described fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 23(1): 1-55 [Date published 1911]  See ref at BHL

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2 (as Yongeichthys leftwichi)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428056

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-15 m

Habitat:Silty/rubble/oyster beds

Max Size:6.8 cm SL

Species Image Gallery

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map