Cheekstreak Goby, Echinogobius hayashii Iwata, Hosoya & Niimura 1998

Other Names: Cheek-streaked Goby

A Cheekstreak Goby, Echinogobius hayashii, at Komodo, Indonesia, May 2015. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A pale greyish sand-dwelling goby with a row of large brown spots along the midsides, smaller black spots on the fins and upper sides, a blue-edged pink to reddish bar from the back of the head to the cheek, and pale bluish spots and lines on the head and anterior body.

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Dianne J. Bray, Echinogobius hayashii in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Sep 2020,

Cheekstreak Goby, Echinogobius hayashii Iwata, Hosoya & Niimura 1998

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Recorded in Australia from Seringapatam Reef, WA (13°41'S, 121°58'E) and off Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, QLD. Found elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific. Inhabits clear sandy bottoms with fast tidal current, retreating into burrows when threatened.

Species Citation

Echinogobius hayashii Iwata, Hosoya & Niimura, 1998, Ichthyol. Res. 45(2): 115, figs 1-3. Type locality: Ishigaki Bay, Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. 


Dianne J. Bray

Cheekstreak Goby, Echinogobius hayashii Iwata, Hosoya & Niimura 1998


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

Iwata, A., S. Hosoya & Y. Niimura. 1998. Echinogobius hayashii, a new genus and species of Gobiidae. Ichthyological Research 45(2): 113-119.

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics 330 pp. 192 pls.

Nakabo, T. (ed.) 2002. Fishes of Japan with pictorial keys to the species. English edition. Tokyo : Toikai University Press pp. 867-1749. 

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CAAB Code:37428332


Depth:1-20 m

Habitat:Clear sandy areas

Max Size:9 cm TL

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