Plain Coralgoby, Gobiodon fuscoruber (Herler, Bogorodski & Suzuki 2013)

Other Names: Brown-red Coralgoby, Plain Coral Goby

A Plain Coralgoby, Gobiodon unicolor, from Moorea, French Polynesia. Source: Jeffrey T. Williams / 2006 Moorea Biocode. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A uniformly dark reddish-brown coralgoby with a dense covering of tiny dark brown dots on the body, nape, and pectoral-fin base, and plain fins. Juveniles have similar coloration.

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Bray, D.J. 2023, Gobiodon fuscoruber in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 May 2024,

Plain Coralgoby, Gobiodon fuscoruber (Herler, Bogorodski & Suzuki 2013)

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Lizard Island to One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Red Sea and Indo-West Pacific: Maldives, Ryukyu Islands, Japan and Australia. 
Inhabits the less exposed areas of reef flats, reef crests and upper reef slopes, sheltering among the branches of Acropora corals.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 10; Anal fin I, 8; Vertebrae 26. 
Head and body naked with a distinct groove between isthmus and interopercle; body deep, strongly compressed, depth at pelvic-fin origin 40.4-44.3 % SL); head rounded in juveniles, steep profile and slightly hump-headed in adults. Caudal peduncle relatively slender (depth 14.8-16.0% SL).



The specific name fuscoruber is from the Latin fuscus (= brown) and rubrum (= red) in reference to the uniformly reddish-brown life colouration of this species. 

Species Citation

Gobiodon fuscoruber Herler, Bogorodsky & Suzuki 2013, Zootaxa 3709(4): 318, figs 7, 8, 10 & 11. Type locality: Gulf of Aqaba, Egypt, Dahab, “Islands” (28°28’38.50” N, 34°30’47.10” E, 1.5 m.


Bray, D.J. 2023


Atlas of Living Australia

Plain Coralgoby, Gobiodon fuscoruber (Herler, Bogorodski & Suzuki 2013)


Harold, A.S. & Winterbottom, R. 1995. Gobiodon acicularis, a new species of gobioid fish (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Belau, Micronesia. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 108(4): 687-694 (as Gobiodon unicolor)

Harold, A.S., Winterbottom, R., Munday, P.L. & Chapman, R.W. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of Indo-Pacific coral gobies of the genus Gobiodon (Teleostei: Gobiidae), based on morphological and molecular data. Bulletin of Marine Science 82(1): 119-136. (as Gobiodon unicolorSee ref online

Herler, J., Bogorodsky, S.V. & Suzuki, T. 2013. Four new species of gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Gobiodon), with comments on their relationships within the genus. Zootaxa 3709(4): 301-329

Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2006. Family Gobiidae. pp. 1612-1697 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. (as Gobiodon unicolor)

Munday, P.L., Harold, A.S. & Winterbottom, R.W. 1999. Guide to coral-dwelling gobies, genus Gobiodon (Gobiidae) from Papua New Guinea and the Great Barrier Reef. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 26: 53-58 (as Gobiodon unicolor)

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CAAB Code:37428372

Habitat:Reef associated, with Acropora

Max Size:3.7 cm SL

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