Obliquogobius cirrifer Shibukawa & Aonuma 2007

A small deep-water goby found off north Western Australia - with a small black spot on the first dorsal fin, 3-6 small black spots on the second dorsal fin, and the caudal fin with a black posterior margin and some narrow black markings on the upper margin. 

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Obliquogobius cirrifer in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Sep 2020,

Obliquogobius cirrifer Shibukawa & Aonuma 2007

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Northern Northwest Shelf, Western Australia. Depth range: 232-242 m in Australia, 394–404 m elsewhere. The species also occurs in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. The Australian specimens were collected from a soft bottom area with lots of sea urchins.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 8; Anal fin 1, 9; Pectoral fin 22-23; Segmented caudal-fin rays 9+8, including 6+6 branched rays; Vertebrae 26; Gill rakers 2 + 11-12; Longitudinal scale rows 23-26; Transverse scale rows from anal-fin origin dorsoanterior to dorsal-fin base 7-8; Transverse scale rows from origin of second dorsal-fin ventroposterior to anal-fin base 7-8; Circumpeduncular scales 12.Body elongate, depth 13.5-15.5% of SL; males with greatly prolonged (extending beyond posterior end of base of second dorsal fin when appressed) and filamentous first dorsal-fin spine.


The specific name cirrifer is the combination of the Latin cirrus (meaning “curl” or “tendril”) and fero (meaning “to bear”), in reference to the greatly prolonged, filamentous first dorsal-fin spine of the male.

Species Citation

Obliquogobius cirrifer Shibukawa & Aonuma 2007, Bull. Natl Mus. Nat. Sci. Series A Suppl. 1: 1.143, figs 1B, 2A-B. Type locality: off Nago, Okinawa-jima Island, Okinawa Group, Ryukyu Islands, Japan [26°32.18'N, 127°43.96'E to 26°32.64'N, 127°44.29'E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Obliquogobius cirrifer Shibukawa & Aonuma 2007


Shibukawa, K. & Aonuma, Y. 2007. Three new species of the deep-dwelling goby genus Obliquogobius (Perciformes: Gobiidae: Gobiinae) from Japan, with comments on the limits of the genus. Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science Series A Suppl. 1: 137-152

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428457

Depth:232-404 m

Habitat:Soft bottom with invertebrates

Max Size:3 cm SL

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