Blacktip Sandgoby, Fusigobius melacron (Randall 2001)

A Blacktip Sandgoby, Fusigobius melacron, at Ambon Bay, Moluccas, Indonesia. Source: Jim Greenfield / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A small greyish translucent sandgoby with small yellowish-brown to dusky reddish-orange spots, a series of larger dark blotches along the back, and a dark outer half on the first dorsal fin.

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Blacktip Sandgoby, Fusigobius melacron (Randall 2001)

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Recorded in Australia from Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland; also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits sandy and rubble patches near reefs.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 10; Anal fin I, 9; Pectoral fin 19-21; Longitudinal scale series 27.
Body depth 4.7-5.2 in SL; gill opening extending to below rear edge of preopercle; pelvic fins united only at base; pelvic frenum absent; caudal fin rounded. Scales mostly ctenoid; cycloid scales on breast, base of pectoral fin and few scales on side of nape; operculum naked; median predorsal scales absent. 


Body semi-translucent grey with numerous small yellowish brown or dusky orange-red spots; presence of series of larger dark blotches along back; brown to blackish outer half of first dorsal fin. 


The specific name melacron is from the Greek melas (= black) and akron (= tip, top), in reference to the dark upper part of the dorsal fin, its most characteristic colour marking.

Species Citation

Coryphopterus melacron Randall, 2001, Zoological Studies 40(3): 218, figs 12-14. Type locality: Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. 


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Blacktip Sandgoby, Fusigobius melacron (Randall 2001)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428366

Depth:7-31 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sand-rubble areas

Max Size:4.5 cm TL

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