Lobed Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya plicata Larson 1990

Other Names: Lobed Ghost Goby, Plicata Ghost Goby

A Lobed Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya plicata, from Babeldaob Island, Palau. Source: Rick Winterbottom / FishWise Professional. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A semi-transparent goby, with a pale pink to reddish-orange hue, often peppered with tiny spots, and a brown to reddish stripe on side of snout.

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Lobed Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya plicata Larson 1990

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Recorded in Australia from the Dampier Archipelago and Rowley Shoals to Seringapatam Reef, Western Australia. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits reef flats, reef lagoons and reef channels, living on solid sponges.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 7-8; Anal fin I, 7-9; Pectoral fin 15-18; Longitudinal scale series 22-26.

Body depth at anus 5.3-7.1 in SL; head, nape, belly midline and breast without scales; gill opening reaching to at least below edge of preopercle.

Species Citation

Pleurosicya plicata Larson, 1990, The Beagle 7(1): 41, figs 25- 26. Type locality: off Isle Boddam, Salomon Atoll, Chagos Archipelago. 


Dianne J. Bray

Lobed Ghostgoby, Pleurosicya plicata Larson 1990


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.

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

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CAAB Code:37428233

Depth:10-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm TL

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