Beaky Acropora Goby, Pleurosicya prognatha Goren 1984

A Beaky Acropora Goby, Pleurosicya prognatha. Source: J. Herler / Institute of Zoology, University Vienna. License: All rights reserved

A semi-transparent goby peppered with fine dark spots that are concentrated on the side below the dorsal fins, a red iris, and a very long upper jaw and lip that resembles a curved beak. 

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Beaky Acropora Goby, Pleurosicya prognatha Goren 1984

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Recorded in Australia from Clerke Reef to Scott Reef, WA, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, QLD. Occurs elsewhere in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
Inhabits coral reefs, living on large staghorn corals.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 8-9; Anal fin I, 8-9; pectoral fin 14-16; Longitudinal scale series 15-27.  ; mostly scaleless head and anterior third of body; restricted gill opening to pectoral fin base; extremely elongated tip of upper jaw and lip, looks like curved beak; depth of body at anus 4.2-7.1 in SL

Species Citation

Pleurosicya prognatha Goren, 1984, Cybium 8(1): 76, figs 3a-c. Type locality: Marsa Barecha, southern Sinai Peninsula, Red Sea.


Dianne J. Bray

Beaky Acropora Goby, Pleurosicya prognatha Goren 1984


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

Goren, M. 1984. The new species and two new records for the Red Sea of invertebrate associated gobies (Gobiidae, Pisces). Cybium 8(1): 71-82 figs 1-5

Herler, J. & Hilgers, H. 2005. A synopsis of coral and coral-rock associated gobies (Pisces: Gobiidae) from the Gulf of Aqaba, northern Red Sea. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 10(3): 103-132.

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:37428234

Behaviour:Lives on staghorn corals

Depth:3-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:1.9 cm TL

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