Sinularia Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya muscarum (Jordan & Seale 1906)

Other Names: Ghost Goby, Sinularia Ghost Goby, Soft Coral Ghost Goby
A semi-transparent reddish to greyish or bluish goby.

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Dianne J. Bray, Pleurosicya muscarum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 May 2022,

Sinularia Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya muscarum (Jordan & Seale 1906)

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Recorded in Australia from Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, the Dampier Archipelago to Wessel Island, Northern Territory, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to Heron Island, Queensland. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits coral reefs, living on a variety of soft corals, usually preferring those of the genera Sinularia and Lobophytum.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 7-8; Anal fin I, 7-9; Pectoral fin 16-19; Longitudinal scale series 21-25.

Body depth at anus 4.7-7.1 in SL;  lower portion of gill arch bound to gill cover; head and nape scaleless.

Species Citation

Rhinogobius muscarum Jordan & Seale, 1906, Bull. Bur. Fish. (U.S.) for 1905 25: 401, fig. 90. Type locality: Pago Pago, Samoa. 


Dianne J. Bray

Sinularia Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya muscarum (Jordan & Seale 1906)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428232

Behaviour:Lives on soft corals

Depth:2-28 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.6 cm TL

Species Maps

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