Egglestonichthys ulbubunitj Larson 2013

A recently described round-headed goby from turbid estuarine and coastal habitats of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. The species is unique in having a number of rays in the lower half of the pectoral fin free from connecting membranes.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Egglestonichthys ulbubunitj in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Sep 2020,

Egglestonichthys ulbubunitj Larson 2013

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Endemic to shallow coastal and estuarine areas of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. Inhabits very soft to firm muddy bottoms, occasionally with broken shell and plant detritus such as drifts of leaves, at depths of 1-16 m. 


The species is named ulbubunitj for the Ulbu Bunidj clan in Arnhem Land, at the suggestion of senior Traditional Owner Jonathan Nadji. He stated: "My family's clan area includes the area where this fish (go by threadfin) was discovered. Our clan, Ulbu Bunidj, shares this area with Djindibi. I would like this fish to be named after our clan, which is Ulbu Bunitj". (Larson 2013).

Species Citation

Egglestonichthys ulbubunitj Larson 2013, Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 19(3): 149, figs 2-4. Type locality: off Pococks Beach, north of West Alligator Head, Northern Territory. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Egglestonichthys ulbubunitj Larson 2013


Larson, H.K. 2013. A new species of Egglestonichthys from northern Australian estuaries (Teleostei, Gobiidae, Gobiinae). aqua: International Journal of Ichthyology 19(3): 147-154. 

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 (as Egglestonichthys sp.)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428414

Depth:1-16 m

Habitat:Estuarine, coastal, mud bottom

Max Size:3.3 cm SL

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