Network Reefgoby, Priolepis inhaca (Smith 1949)

Other Names: Brick Goby, Brick Reef Goby

A Network Reefgoby, Priolepis inhaca, at Flores, Indonesia. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A small pinkish-grey goby with dark brown scale edges forming a network pattern, three pale vertical lines below the eye and one on the gill cover, and interconnected pale lines on top of the head.

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Network Reefgoby, Priolepis inhaca (Smith 1949)

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Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to northern New South Wales; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific.


Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 8.  absence of pelvic frenum; longitudinal scale series 26-28; predorsal scales 12-17; ctenoid body scales; cycloid scales on pectoral fin base, breast and midlaterally on abdomen; opercle of adult with cycloid scales; predorsal scales absent; posterior edge of tubular posterior nostril adherent to edge of orbit; cheek with single vertical row of papillae; depth of body 4.0 in SL


The species is named inhaca for the type locality, Inhaca Island, Mozambique.

Species Citation

Gobius inhaca Smith 1949, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 12 2(7): 103. Type locality: Inhaca, Delagoa Bay, Mozambique. 


Bray, D.J. 2016


Australian Faunal Directory

Network Reefgoby, Priolepis inhaca (Smith 1949)


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Hoese, D.F. 1986. Family No. 240: Gobiidae. pp. 774-807 figs in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls. 
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Smith, J.L.B. 1959. Gobioid fishes of the families Gobiidae, Periophthalmidae, Trypauchenidae, Taenioididae and Kraemeriidae of the western Indian Ocean. Ichthyological Bulletin, Department of Ichthyology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 13: 185-225 figs 1-42 pls 9-13 (as Quisquilius inhaca)

Winterbottom, R. & Burridge, M. 1993. Revision of the Indo-Pacific Priolepis species possessing a reduced transverse pattern of cheek papillae, and predorsal scales (Teleostei; Gobiidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology 71: 2056-2076 figs 1-23

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428238

Depth:12-26 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:4 cm TL

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