Ovalspot Goby, Asterropteryx ovata Shibukawa and Suzuki 2007

Other Names: Oval-spot Goby

An Ovalspot Goby, Asterropteryx ovata, from Palau. Source: Rick Winterbottom / FishWise Professional. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A small reef goby with bright reddish-orange speckles and spots on the head, body and fins, and a large eye-sized oval-shaped black spot on the tail base. The species lacks a black spot on the dorsal fin and the largest cheek spine is distinctly longer than the other cheek spines.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Asterropteryx ovata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Mar 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2634

Ovalspot Goby, Asterropteryx ovata Shibukawa and Suzuki 2007

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Recorded in Australian waters from Hibernia Reef, Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island, Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific - Indonesia to Palau and the Ryukyu islands of southern Japan.


The specific name ovata is derived from Latin and means 'egg-shaped' in reference to the large oval black spot on the caudal-peduncle base.

Species Citation

Asterropteryx ovata Shibukawa & Suzuki, 2007, Bull. Natl Mus. Nat. Sci A Supplement 1: 113, figs 1A, 2B, 3A–B and 4B. Type locality: Tanjung Kusukusu, western coast of Lembeh Island, off Bitung, Sulawesi, Indonesia [1°26'N, 125°11'E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2017

Ovalspot Goby, Asterropteryx ovata Shibukawa and Suzuki 2007


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

Shibukawa, K. & Suzuki, T. 2007. Two new species of the cheek-spine goby genus Asterropteryx (Perciformes: Gobiidae: Gobiinae) from the western Pacific. Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science A Supplement 1: 109–121

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CAAB Code:37428444

Depth:6-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.7 cm SL

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