Red Eelgoby, Caragobius rubristriatus (Saville-Kent 1889)

Other Names: Blind Goby, Red Eel Goby

A Red Eelgoby, Caragobius rubristriatus, from Bindoola Creek, a tributary of the Pentecost River, the Kimberley, Western Australia, June 2015. Source: John Sear / License: CC BY Attribution-NonCommercial

A long, slender bright pink goby with rudimentary eyes and long-based dorsal and anal fins. Saville-Kent (1889) described the fish as being "pink in life with a carmine longitudinal stripe and smaller carmine streaks branching from the longitudinal stripe that delineated the outlines of the myotomes. Its fins were yellowish."

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Red Eelgoby, Caragobius rubristriatus (Saville-Kent 1889)

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Lower reaches of the Prince Regent River, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland. The species occurs elsewhere in New Guinea. Inhabits muddy areas in estuaries, including amongst mangroves.


Dorsal fin VI, 37–46; Anal fin 35–45 (mean = 41.3), first element spinous or segmented; Pectoral fin 16–20 (mean = 17.8); Anal-fin pterygiophores preceding the first haemal spine (AP) 3–5 (mean = 3.9); Caudal vertebrae 25–27 (mean = 26.3); SL/TL 0.775– 0.844 (mean = 0.809); pelvic-fin length (PEL)/HL 0.463-0.750 (mean = 0.547); predorsal length/SL 0.211–0.281 (mean = 0.248).Scales absent from anteriormost 30% of head and body, scales extending posteriorly from the vertical with 3rd or 4th dorsal-fin spine. 10–23 teeth in outer row of upper jaw; 14–25 teeth in outer row of lower jaw. Jaws terminating posteriorly at a vertical with posterior naris. Anterior nares slightly closer together than posterior nares

Species Citation

Amblyopus rubristriatus Saville-Kent 1889, Proc. Roy. Soc. Qld 6(5): 235, pl. 13(3). Type locality: Cambridge Gulf and Port Darwin, NT.


Bray, D.J. 2016


Australian Faunal Directory

Red Eelgoby, Caragobius rubristriatus (Saville-Kent 1889)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Brachyamblyopus coecus)

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293.

Larson, H.K. & Williams, R.S. 1997. Darwin Harbour fishes: a survey and annotated checklist. pp. 339-380 in Hanley, H.R., Caswell, G., Megirian, D. & Larson, H.K. (eds) The Marine Flora and Fauna of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. Proceedings of the Sixth International Marine Biology Workshop. Darwin : Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 466 pp. (as Brachyamblyopus rubristriatus)

McCulloch, A.R. & Ogilby, J.D. 1919. Some Australian fishes of the family Gobiidae. Records of the Australian Museum 12(10): 193-291 figs 31-37 (as Taenioides rubristriatus)

Murdy, E.O. & Shibukawa, K. 2003. A revision of the Indo-Pacific fish genus Caragobius (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae). Zootaxa 301: 1-12 PDF Open access

Saville-Kent, W. 1889. Preliminary observations on a natural history collection made in connection with the surveying cruise of H.M.S. Myrmidon, at Port Darwin and Cambridge Gulf — Sept. to Nov., 1888. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 6(5): 219-239 pl. 13

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CAAB Code:37428074

Habitat:Estuaries, mangroves, mud bottoms

Max Size:10+ cm SL


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