Exquisite Sandgoby, Favonigobius exquisitus Whitley 1950

Other Names: Exquisite Goby, Exquisite Sand-goby

An Exquisite Sandgoby, Favonigobius exquisitus, at Nambucca River estuary, New South Wales, 22 Sep 2013. Source: Ian V. Shaw. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A sand-dwelling goby with characteristic red spots on the dorsal fin.

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Dianne J. Bray, Favonigobius exquisitus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Jan 2020,

Exquisite Sandgoby, Favonigobius exquisitus Whitley 1950

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Recorded in Australia from Yule Point, QLD (16°35'S), to the Tuross River, NSW (36°05'S). Francis et al. (2005) record this species from northern New Zealand, presumably having been introduced via ships' ballast water. Inhabits intertidal zone, tide pools, coastal bays, harbours, sandy estuaries, and seagrass beds. The Exquisite Sandgoby is common in parts of Moreton Bay, Queensland.


Carnivore - feeds on amphipods, polychaete worms and mysids.

Species Citation

Favonigobius exquisitus Whitley 1950, Proc. Roy. Zool. Soc. N. S. W. 1948–49: 32, fig. 2. Type locality: Toukley, NSW.


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Exquisite Sandgoby, Favonigobius exquisitus Whitley 1950


Chargulaf, C.A., N.C. Krück & I.R. Tibbetts. 2011. Does sympatry affect trophic resource use in congeneric tidepool fishes? A tale of two gobies Favonigobius lentiginosus and Favonigobius exquisitus. Journal of Fish Biology 7: 1968–1983.

Chargulaf, C.A., Townsend, K.A. & Tibbetts, I.R. 2011. Community structure of soft sediment pool fishes in Moreton Bay, Australia. Journal of Fish Biology 78: 479–494.

Ford, J. M. J., Tibbetts, I. R. & L. Carseldine. 2004. Ventilation rate and behavioural responses of two species of intertidal goby (Pisces: Gobiidae) at extremes of environmental temperature. Hydrobiologia 528: 63-73.

Francis, M.P., Morrison, M.A., Leathwick, J., Walsh, C. & Middleton, C. 2005. Predictive models of small fish presence and abundance in northern New Zealand harbours. Estuarine and Coastal Science 64(2-3): 419-435.

Gill, H.C. & 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.

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal fishes of south-eastern Australia. Crawford House Press Pty Ltd., Australia.

Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. 437 pp. 

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Whitley, G.P. 1950. Some rare Australian fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 1948–49: 32-34 figs 1-5

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CAAB Code:37428141

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Sandy areas in harbours, bays

Max Size:9 cm TL


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