Narrow Barbelgoby, Gobiopsis angustifrons Lachner & McKinney 1978

Other Names: Narrow Barbel Goby, Narrownape Barbelgoby

A Narrow Barbelgoby, Gobiopsis angustifrons, in the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

dark wedge on head descends to middle or lower portion of preopercle; light base of pectoral fin not divided by dark wedge; trunk with 5 prominent saddles and moderately mottled (Ref. 11637)

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Narrow Barbelgoby, Gobiopsis angustifrons Lachner & McKinney 1978

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Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, to Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to the Pompey Group, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 10; Anal fin I, 9; Pectoral fin 18-20; Caudal fin -  segmented rays 17, branched rays 15; Lateral scale rows 32-38; Transverse scale rows 16-19; Predorsal scales 14-16; Vertebrae 10+16. 
Body depth 5.2-7.8 in SL; head narrow, eyes large, interorbital narrow, diameter of orbit greater than width of bony interorbital; jaw short, length about 14-15% of SL. Nasal, posterior interorbital, and supraotic sensory pores present; preopercular pores 2, anterior temporal and posterior temporal pores absent; no postmandibular or posterior gular barbels. Scales cycloid scales; scales deeply embedded on nape.


The specific name angustifrons is from the Latin angustus (= narrow) and frons (= forehead).

Species Citation

Gobiopsis angustifrons Lachner & McKinney 1978, Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 262: 31, fig. 6, pls 6(c,d), 11(c,e). Type locality: Endeavour Reef, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Narrow Barbelgoby, Gobiopsis angustifrons Lachner & McKinney 1978


Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91 

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

Hutchins, B. 2004. Fishes of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 66: 343–398 

Lachner, E.A. & McKinney, J.F. 1978. A revision of the Indo-Pacific fish genus Gobiopsis with descriptions of four new species (Pisces : Gobiidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 262: 1-52 figs 1-7 pls 1-11, open access

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CAAB Code:37428165

Depth:1-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:4.5 cm SL

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