Barrel-sponge Goby, Pleurosicya labiata (Weber 1913)

Other Names: Barrel-sponge Ghostgoby

A Barrel-sponge Goby, Pleurosicya labiata, at Karang Asem, Bali, Indonesia, August 2015. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A semi-transparent goby covered in fine dark speckling, with a brown stripe on side of snout, and internal brown, dash-like markings with white or yellow pigment along the upper edge of the vertebral column.

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Barrel-sponge Goby, Pleurosicya labiata (Weber 1913)

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Recorded in Australia from Ashmore Reef and Cartier Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, west Pacific.
Inhabits coastal reef slopes, usually on barrel sponges.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 7-9; Anal fin I, 8-9; Pectoral fin 15-18; Longitudinal scale series 24-27. 
Body depth at anus 5.0-7.7 in SL; head and nape scaled; gill opening restricted to pectoral-fin base.

Species Citation

Gobius (Rhinogobius) labiatus Weber, 1913, Siboga-Expéditie Report 57: 470. Type locality: west coast of Flores, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Barrel-sponge Goby, Pleurosicya labiata (Weber 1913)


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

Kuiter R.W. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Part 3. Jawfishes - Sunfishes, Opistognathidae - Molidae. Melbourne : Zoonetics pp. 623–893.

Larson, H.K. 1990. A revision of the commensal gobiid fish genera Pleusosicya and Luposicya (Gobiidae), with descriptions of eight new species of Pleusosicya and discussion of related genera. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 7(1): 1-53 figs 1-29 pls 1-3

Weber, M. 1913. Die Fische der Siboga-Expedition. Siboga-Expéditie Report 57: 1-710 123 figs 12 pls 

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428230

Behaviour:usually on barrel sponges

Depth:5-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.5 cm TL

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