Stony Coral Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya micheli Fourmanoir 1971

Other Names: Michel's Ghost Goby, Stony Coral Ghost Goby

A Stony Coral Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya micheli - North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Source: Jim Greenfield / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A small semi-transparent goby with a reddish-brown midlateral stripe, and a white stripe or series of white dashes above the vertebral column.

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Dianne J. Bray, Pleurosicya micheli in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jun 2024,

Stony Coral Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya micheli Fourmanoir 1971

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Recorded in Australia from Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Lives on several genera of hard corals in depths of 10-50 m. Occasionally found on the mantle of clams.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 7-8; Anal fin I, 7-8; Pectoral fin 16-19; Longitudinal scale series 22-28.

Body depth at anus 5.0-7.1 in SL; median predorsal scales absent, scales present on side of nape to above the preopercle; gill opening broad, reaching at least to below the rear edge of the eye.


Eggs are usually laid on ascidians.

Species Citation

Pleurosycia micheli Fourmanoir, 1971,Cahiers O.R.S.T.O.M. Serie Océanographique 9(4): 499, fig. 8. Type locality (neotype): Caban Island, Philippines (originally Lifou, Loyalty Island).


Dianne J. Bray

Stony Coral Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya micheli Fourmanoir 1971


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Fourmanoir, P. 1971. Notes Ichthyologiques (IV). Cahiers O.R.S.T.O.M. Serie Océanographique 9(4): 491-500 figs 1-8

Kuiter R.W. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Part 3. Jawfishes - Sunfishes, Opistognathidae - Molidae. Melbourne : Zoonetics pp. 623–893.

Larson, H.K. 1990. A revision of the commensal gobiid fish genera Pleusosicya and Luposicya (Gobiidae), with descriptions of eight new species of Pleusosicya and discussion of related genera. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 7(1): 1-53 figs 1-29 pls 1-3

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.

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Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428376

Behaviour:Lives on hard corals

Depth:10-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.5 cm TL

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