Tyson's Arrow Goby, Tyson belos Springer 1983

Illustration of the holotype of Tyson's Arrow Goby, Tyson belos, from the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea - USNM 229985. Source: Jack R. Schroeder / Smithsonian Institution Division of Fishes. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A very small wriggler that lacks scales, gill rakers and sensory pores. The live colour is unknown; in preservative Tyson's Arrow Goby is whitish with a faint dark spot on the caudal peduncle, a dark anal fin and melanophores scattered on the gill cover, pectoral-fin base and on the abdomen. 

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Dianne J. Bray, Tyson belos in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2952

Tyson's Arrow Goby, Tyson belos Springer 1983

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Recorded in Australia from Escape Reef, QLD. Found elsewhere in Flores, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Likely to inhabit sandy areas on coral reefs.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin I, 9-10; Anal fin I, 9-10; Pectoral rays 17-21; Pelvic fin a single ray; Caudal fin (branched rays) 8-10.

Species Citation

Tyson belos Springer, 1983, Smithson. Contrib. Zool. 390: 6, figs 2, 4, 8, 10, 13, 16, 18. Type locality: Escape Reef, QLD.


Dianne J. Bray

Tyson's Arrow Goby, Tyson belos Springer 1983


Allen, G.R. & Adrim, M. 2003. Coral reef fishes of Indonesia. Zoological Studies 42(1): 1-72.

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

Springer, V.G. 1983. Tyson belos, new genus and species of western Pacific fish (Gobiidae, Xenisthminae), with discussions of gobioid osteology and classification. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 390: 1-40.

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CAAB Code:37429044

Depth:10-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.2 cm TL

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