Puntang Goby, Exyrias puntang (Bleeker 1851)

Other Names: Puntang, Silver-spotted Goby

A Puntang Goby, Exyrias puntang, in Bali, Indonesia. Source: zsispeo / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A brownish goby, darker above, with dusky basal spots on the pectoral fins, and blackish pelvic fins. 

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Dianne J. Bray, Exyrias puntang in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Sep 2020,

Puntang Goby, Exyrias puntang (Bleeker 1851)

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Muralug Island (Prince of Wales Island 10°37'S) to near Townsville (19°05'S), QLD; tropical, Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits muddy areas in shallow, turbid marine to brackish inlets, estuaries and large tide pools.


Dorsal fin VII, 10-11; Anal fin I, 9-10; Pectoral fin 16-18; Vertebrae 26; Longitudinal scale series 30-33; Predorsal scales 10 or more. 

Body depth 3.6-4.0 in SL; cheeks and opercula fully scaled; first dorsal-fin spines elongated into filaments; caudal fin rounded; scales ctenoid, except for cycloid on nape and isthmus.

Species Citation

Gobius puntang Bleeker 1851, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. Nederl. Indië 2: 486. Type locality: Riouw, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Puntang Goby, Exyrias puntang (Bleeker 1851)


Bleeker, P. 1851. Bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van Riouw. Natuurwetenschappelijk Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 2: 469-497.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Murdy, E.O. 1985. A review of the gobiid fish genera Exyrias and Macrodontogobius, with description of a new species of Exyrias. Indo-Pacific Fishes 10: 1-14 figs 1-3 pls 1-2

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., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

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

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CAAB Code:37428140

Depth:0-5 m

Habitat:Muddy areas

Max Size:16 cm TL

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