Hoese's Silhouette Goby, Silhouettea hoesei Larson & Miller 1986

Other Names: Hoese's Goby
A sandy coloured goby with five large reticulated W-shaped lateral blotches along the midline, a transverse band of fine melanophores (wider than the pupil) across the nape, and males with a densely pigmented branchiostegal membrane.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Silhouettea hoesei in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Sep 2020,

Hoese's Silhouette Goby, Silhouettea hoesei Larson & Miller 1986

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Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, to Coral Bay, Northern Territory. Inhabits shallow sandy and silty-sand areas.


Dorsal fin VI + I,10; Anal fin I,11-12: Caudal fin, segmented rays 17, caudal branched rays 12-13; Pectoral fin 13-15; Pelvic fin I, 5; Gill rakers 2 + 1 + 6-7; Vertebrae 26; Lateral scale series 23-25; Tranverse scale series 7.
Breast with large cycloid scales, 3 in ventral midline.


The species is named for Dr. D. F. Hoese, Australian Museum, Sydney, in recognition of his work on the systematics of Indo-Pacific gobies.

Species Citation

Silhouettea hoesei Larson & Miller 1986, Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 33(2): 115, fig. 6. Type locality: Coral Bay, Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Hoese's Silhouette Goby, Silhouettea hoesei Larson & Miller 1986


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

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

Hutchins, J.B. 1994. A survey of the nearshore reef fish fauna of Western Australia's west and south coasts — The Leeuwin Province. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 46: 1-66 figs 1-6 

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. & Miller, P.J. 1986. Two new species of Silhouettea (Gobiidae) from northern Australia. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 33(2): 110-118 figs 1-6 https://doi.org/10.11369/jji1950.33.110

Larson, H.K. & Murdy, E.O. 2001. Eleotridae, Gobiidae. pp. 3574-3604 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Miller, P.J. 1988. Studies on Silhouettea Smith 1959 and an account of Ebomegobius Herre 1946 (Pisces: Gobiidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 68(4/6): 241-273

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CAAB Code:37428251

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Sand & silty/sand areas

Max Size:3.5 cm TL


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CAAB distribution map