Tomiyamichthys levisquama Hoese, Shibukawa & Johnson 2016

A female Tomiyamichthys levisquama in the Low Isles, near Port Douglas, Queensland, on a sandy bottom in sheltered waters, depth 6m. Source: Sue Churchill & Rohan Draper. License: All rights reserved

A pale yellowish-brown shrimpgoby with a series of dark-edged yellow bars and oblique oblong spots on the head, four narrow oblique dark bars on the body, a large dark brown to black spot on the rear of the caudal peduncle extending onto the caudal-fin base, and a yellow margin and a small black spot between spines 3 and 4 on the first dorsal fin.

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Bray, D.J. 2016, Tomiyamichthys levisquama in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Sep 2020,

Tomiyamichthys levisquama Hoese, Shibukawa & Johnson 2016

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Known only from Darwin area, Northern Territory and from the Daintree River to Moreton Bay, Queensland, in depths of 0.5–25 m. Inhabits muddy bottoms in estuaries and inshore marine environments.


Dorsal fin VI + I,10; Anal fin I,10; Pectoral fin 17-19; Longitudinal scale count 50-70; Midline predorsal scale count 0-4; Transverse scale count (TRB) 19-25; Gill rakers on outer face of first arch 1-2 + 0-1 + -5; Caudal fin (segmented rays) 9/8=17; Caudal fin (branched rays) 7-8/6-7.


Often taken in prawn trawls.


Lives in burrows in association with alpheid shrimps.


The specific name levisquama is from the Greek levis (smooth) + squama (scale), in reference to the cycloid scales.

Species Citation

Tomiyamichthys levisquama Hoese, Shibukawa & Johnson 2016, Zootaxa 4079(5): 584, Figs. 1-6A-B. Type locality: Vestey's Beach Reef, Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia


Bray, D.J. 2016


Tomiyamichthys levisquama Hoese, Shibukawa & Johnson 2016


Hoese DF, Shibukawa K, Johnson JW. 2016. Description of a new species of Tomiyamichthys from Australia with a discussion of the generic name. Zootaxa 4079 (5): 582–594. Abstract

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CAAB Code:37428435

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:0-25 m

Habitat:Muddy areas

Max Size:7 cm SL

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