Eastern Eelgoby, Taenioides mordax (De Vis 1883)

Other Names: Eastern Eel Goby

Illustration of an Eastern Eelgoby, Taenioides mordax. Source: Phyllis Clarke, in McCulloch & Ogilby 1919 Records of the Australian Museum 12(10): PL XXXI (4). License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

An eelgoby with long-based dorsal and anal fins, minute eyes, prominent rows of raised papillae on the head, an upturned mouth with an outer row of curved slender teeth, chin barbels, and no scales.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Taenioides mordax in Fishes of Australia, accessed 08 Dec 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/162

Eastern Eelgoby, Taenioides mordax (De Vis 1883)

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Endemic to eastern Australia, from Cooktown, northern Queensland, to the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales. Inhabits estuaries, burrowing into the soft sediments.


Body anguilliform, naked; head with prominent raised papillose ridges; eyes minute; teeth long and curved. Soft dorsal and anal fins long-based, partly united with the caudal fin.

Species Citation

Leme mordax De Vis 1883, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 1 8(2): 286. Type locality: Murray River, QLD.


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Eastern Eelgoby, Taenioides mordax (De Vis 1883)


De Vis, C.W. 1883. Descriptions of new genera and species of Australian fishes. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 8(2): 283-289. 

Koumans, F.P. 1940. Results of re-examination of types and specimens of gobioid fishes, with notes on the fish fauna of the surroundings of Batavia. Zoologische Mededelingen (Leiden) 22: 121-210. 

Koumans, F.P. 1953. The Fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Gobioidea. Leiden : Brill Vol. 10 423 pp. 95 figs.

Larson, H.K. & Murdy, E.O. 2001. Eleotridae, Gobiidae. pp. 3574-3604 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Mazumder, D., Saintilan, N. & Williams, R.J. 2006. Fish assemblages in three tidal saltmarsh and mangrove flats in temperate NSW, Australia: a comparison based on species diversity and abundance. Wetlands Ecology and Management 14: 201-209.

McCulloch, A.R. & Ogilby, J.D. 1919. Some Australian fishes of the family Gobiidae. Records of the Australian Museum 12(10): 193-291 figs 31-37 (as Leme mordax)

Murdy, E.O. & Randall, J.E. 2002. Taenioides kentalleni, a new species of eel goby from Saudi Arabia (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae). Zootaxa 93: 1-6.

Ogilby, J.D. 1886. Catalogue of the Fishes of New South Wales, with their principal synonyms. Sydney : Government Printer 67 pp.

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CAAB Code:37428259


Depth:0-20 m

Habitat:Estuaries, soft bottom

Max Size:At least 22 cm


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