Eastern Longfin Goby, Favonigobius lentiginosus (Richardson 1844)

Other Names: Long-finned Goby, Spotted Goby

An Eastern Longfin Goby pair, Favonigobius lentiginosus, at Shiprock, Port Hacking, New South Wales, November 2020. Source: Erik Schlogl / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A sandy-brown goby becoming paler below with about five dark brown bars and many narrow white bars on the sides, and brown diagonal lines across the head.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Favonigobius lentiginosus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/117

Eastern Longfin Goby, Favonigobius lentiginosus (Richardson 1844)

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Mallacoota, Victoria; also Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Zealand. Inhabits sandflats and sandy areas near reefs, in tidepools, estuaries and amongst mangroves.


Feeds mostly small crustaceans such as copepods, decapod crustaceans, amphibpods and nematodes; occasionally consumes juvenile fishes.

Similar Species

The similar Southern Longfin-goby, Favonigobius lateralis occurs along the south coast from Victoria to Western Australia, including Tasmania, and differs in having dark spots rather than narrow bars along the side.

Species Citation

Gobius lentiginosus Richardson 1844, Zool. Voy. H.M.S. Erebus and Terror 2: 3, pl. 1(5-6). Type locality: Bay of Islands, New Zealand.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Eastern Longfin Goby, Favonigobius lentiginosus (Richardson 1844)


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Paulin, C., Stewart, A., Roberts, C. & McMillan, P. 1989. New Zealand fish: a complete guide. National Museum of New Zealand Miscellaneous Series 19: 1-279 (as Acentrogobius lentiginosus)

Richardson, J. 1844. Ichthyology. pp. 1-16 pls 1-6, 7-8 (parts), 9-10 in Richardson, J. & Gray, J.E. (eds). The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror under the command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S., during the years 1839–43. London : E.W. Janson Vol. 2 139 pp. See ref online

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Whitley, G.P. 1930. Additions to the checklist of the fishes of New South Wales No. 3. The Australian Zoologist 6(2): 117-123 fig. 14 (as Favonigobius obliquus)

Whitley, G.P. 1959. Ichthyological snippets. The Australian Zoologist 12(4): 310-323 figs 1-3 (described as Ctenogobius auriga)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428329

Depth:0-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:6 cm TL

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