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 sandgoby with pale greyish-brown spots along the back, four or five pairs of larger blotches along the midside, blackish ocelli on pale dorsal fins, and a dark bar from the eye to the upper jaw.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Favonigobius exquisitus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1369

Exquisite Sandgoby, Favonigobius exquisitus Whitley 1950

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


Feeds on amphipods, polychaete worms and mysids.


The specific name exquisitus refers 'this beautiful little fish'.

Species Citation

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


Bray, D.J. 2020


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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.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. (as Papillogobius exquisitus) See ref online

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. (as Papillogobius exquisitus) See ref online

Hoese, D.F. 2015. Family Gobiidae. pp. 1573-1582 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. (eds). The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 4 pp. 1153-1748.

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

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. 

Larson, H.K. 2010. Favonigobius exquisitus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154917A115252231. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T154917A4667403.en. Downloaded on 30 April 2020.

Larson, H.K. & Murdy, E.O. 2001. Eleotridae, Gobiidae. pp. 3574-3604 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

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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