Seagrass Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya bilobata (Koumans 1941)

Other Names: Bilobed Ghost Goby, Seagrass Ghost Goby, Split-tongue Cling-goby

A Seagrass Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya bilobata, at Guam. Source: David Burdick / License: All rights reserved

A translucent green to yellowish-green goby with irregular brown to golden-brown bars on the head and body. 

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Seagrass Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya bilobata (Koumans 1941)

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Recorded in Australia from Sydney, New South Wales. Occurs elsewhere in the Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits shallow reef flats with algae and seagrass habitats; usually on blades of broad-leaved seagrasses, such as those of the genus Enhalus.

Species Citation

Cottogobius bilobatus Koumans, 1941, Mem. Indian Mus. 13: 253. Type locality: India. 


Dianne J. Bray

Seagrass Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya bilobata (Koumans 1941)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428226

Behaviour:On broadleaved seagrasses

Depth:0-22 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.8 cm TL

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