Softcoral Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya boldinghi Weber 1913

Other Names: Soft Coral Ghostgoby, Soft Coral Goby, Softcoral Ghost Goby

A Softcoral Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya boldinghi, at Anilao, Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A small pinkish semi-translucent goby that is well camouflaged on soft corals and sea pens.

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Softcoral Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya boldinghi Weber 1913

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Recorded in Australia from the North West Shelf off Port Hedland, and at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical Indo-west Pacific. Lives on Dendronephthya and Sarcophyton soft corals and sea pens, usually in areas subject to strong currents.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 7; Anal fin I, 6-8; Pectoral fin 18-20; Longitudinal scale series 22-25. 

Body relatively deep, depth at anus 3.8-5.8 in SL; nape usually scaled to behind eyes; gill opening wide, reaching forward to below posterior edge of eye.

Species Citation

Pleurosicya boldinghi Weber, 1913, Siboga-Expéditie Report 57: 457, fig. 88. Type locality: West New Guinea (Lectotype). 


Dianne J. Bray

Softcoral Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya boldinghi Weber 1913


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428015

Behaviour:Lives on soft corals & sea pens

Depth:5-82 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.5 cm TL

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