Slender Eelgoby, Taenioides gracilis (Valenciennes 1837)

Other Names: Slender Eel Goby

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Taenioides gracilis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Sep 2023,

Slender Eelgoby, Taenioides gracilis (Valenciennes 1837)

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Darwin area, Northern Territory, and Cooktown to Palm Islands, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific, from the east coast of Africa and Madagascar to India, north to Japan and south to Australia.
Inhabits inshore muddy areas and the tidal parts of rivers and estuaries.


Feeds on small crustaceans and fishes.

Species Citation

Amblyopus gracilis Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1837, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 12: 166. Type locality: Pondicherry, India.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Slender Eelgoby, Taenioides gracilis (Valenciennes 1837)


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Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Murdy, E.O. 2018. A redescription of the gobiid fish Taenioides purpurascens (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae) with comments on, and a key to, species in the genus. Ichthyological Research 65(4): 454-461, open access

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428379

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Habitat:Estuaries, muddy areas

Max Size:30 cm TL

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CAAB distribution map