Hinsby's Goby, Nesogobius hinsbyi (McCulloch & Ogilby 1919)

Other Names: Girdled Goby, Orangespotted Goby, Orange-spotted Goby, Orange-spotted Sand-goby, Tasmanian Orange-spotted Sand Goby

Hinsby's Goby, Nesogobius hinsbyi, at Little Woody Island, Bathurst Channel, Port Davey, Tasmania. Source: Ian V. Shaw. License: CC BY Attribution

A sandy to orange-brown goby becoming pale below, with four to six large brown spots along the midside, often with smaller spots between the large spots, narrow brown bars extending above and below the spots, a long brown wedge-shaped bar on the caudal peduncle, and a dark spot at the upper part of the pectoral-fin base. 

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Hinsby's Goby, Nesogobius hinsbyi (McCulloch & Ogilby 1919)

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Endemic to southern Australia from Port Phillip, Victoria, to Decres Bay, South Australia, and around coastal Tasmania. The species is reportedly abundant in southern Tasmanian estuaries, but relatively uncommon elsewhere.
Inhabits sand and rubble substrates in coastal waters and tide pools at depths to 60 metres, usually greater than 20 m.


Dorsal fin VIII-IX + I, 9-10; Anal fin I, 10-11; Caudal fin (segmented rays) 13, (branched rays) 9; Pectoral fin 17-20; Pelvic fin I, 5; Gill rakers 0-1 + 6-9 = 6-9.
Body slender, head broader than deep, eyes almost touching; head pores absent; top of head scaled to behind eyes; two dorsal fins, first dorsal low with rounded margin, tall in males; gill openings broad. 


The species is named in honour of Mr. George Hinsby, who contributed many natural history novelties to the Tasmanian Museum.

Species Citation

Gobius hinsbyi McCulloch & Ogilby 1919,  Rec. Aust. Mus. 12(10): 215, pl. 33(1). Type locality: Wedge Bay, Hobart, Tasmania, 5-10 fathoms. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Hinsby's Goby, Nesogobius hinsbyi (McCulloch & Ogilby 1919)


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Larson, H.K. 2010. Nesogobius hinsbyi (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T155272A115294502. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T155272A4762767.en. Downloaded on 22 May 2019.

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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 See ref at BHL

Whitley, G.P. 1929. R.M. Johnston's memoranda relating to the fishes of Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 1928: 44-68 figs 2-4 See ref online, open access

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CAAB Code:37428006

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-60 m

Habitat:Estuaries, bays, sandy areas

Max Size:7.5 cm TL

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