Yellowspotted Sandgoby, Favonigobius punctatus (Gill & Miller 1990)

Other Names: Yellowspot Goby

A Yellowspotted Sandgoby, Favonigobius punctatus, in the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia, November 2020. Source: timkarnasuta / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A mottled brownish goby with a pale belly, rows of fine pale reddish to yellowish-brown spots along the sides, a series of dark midlateral blotches, with white blotches above. The dorsal and caudal fins are covered in reddish-brown spots with a reddish-brown outer margin along with white and yellow submarginal bands. Males are generally more darkly pigmented than females. 

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Yellowspotted Sandgoby, Favonigobius punctatus (Gill & Miller 1990)

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Endemic to Western Australia, and known from the Swan-Avon Estuary in the south, and Caffarelli Island, north of King Sound. The species has also been introduced to Adelaide, South Australia - presumably via the ballast water in ships. Inhabits shallow sandy and shelly areas, often among algae, seagrass and detritus.


The specific name is from the Latin punctatus (= spotted) in reference to the distinctive red and/or yellow spots which led to its initial separation from the Southern Longfin Goby, Favongibius lateralis.

Species Citation

Papillogobius punctatus Gill  & Miller, 1990, Rec. W. A. Mus. 14(4): 509, figs 2-5. Type locality: Joel Terrace, Swan-Avon Estuary, Western Australia, depth 1.5 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Yellowspotted Sandgoby, Favonigobius punctatus (Gill & Miller 1990)


Gill, H.S. 1993. Description of a new genus of goby from southern Australia, including osteological comparisons with related genera. Records of the Western Australian Museum 16(2): 175-210. See ref online

Gill, H.S. & Miller, P.J. 1990. A new genus and species of goby from the Swan-Avon estuary, Western Australia, with a redescription of the genus Favonigobius Whitley, 1930. Records of the Western Australian Museum 14(4): 503-525 (described as Papillogobius punctatus) See ref online

Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2006. Family Gobiidae. pp. 1612-1697 in Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp.

Neira, F.J., Miskiewicz, A.G. & Trnski, T, 1998. Larvae of temperate Australian fishes: laboratory guide for larval fish identification. University of Western Australia Press. 474 pp.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428142

Depth:0-2 m

Habitat:Sandy areas

Max Size:7 cm TL


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