Groovedcheek Sandgoby, Nesogobius sp. 4 (of Hoese & Larson, 2008)

Other Names: Groovecheek Goby

A Groovedcheek Goby, Nesogobius sp. 4, at the Tollgates, Batemans Bay, July 2018. Source: Phil Malin (@acanthaster) / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A translucent sandgoby becoming whitish below, with scattered brown, orange and white spots, a diagonal yellow to orange band from below the middle of the eye to the middle of the jaws, and a second yellow to orange band across the gill cover. The midsides have three or four small widely-spaced orange spots with a broken silver to white stripe below, two or three yellow to orange horizontal stripes on the dorsal fins, yellow stripes on the caudal fin; and a transparent to white pectoral fin with a brown spot on the upper part of the pectoral-fin base.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Nesogobius sp. 4 (of Hoese & Larson, 2008) in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Sep 2020,

Groovedcheek Sandgoby, Nesogobius sp. 4 (of Hoese & Larson, 2008)

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Endemic to southern Australia from central New South Wales, around southern Australia to Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Usually inhabits sandy areas off exposed beaches in bays and coastal waters; occasionally on sand adjacent to reefs.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 8-9; Anal fin I, 8-9; Caudal fin 13 (segmented rays), 9 (branched rays); Pectoral fin 17-19; Pelvic fin I, 5; Gill rakers 0-2 + 6-8 = 7-9.

Body slender, head broader than deep, eyes almost touching; head pores absent; gill openings broad, a shallow vertical groove on gill cover; scales absent from head; two dorsal fins.


6 cm TL


Translucent, with scattered brown, orange spots and white, pale below; an orange band from below middle of eye to middle of jaws; an orange band across gill cover; midsides with three or four widely spaced small orange spots, with a broken silver or white stripe below; dorsal fins with two or three yellow or orange stripes.


Feeds an small benthic invertebrates.





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Differs from other species of Nesogobius in having a vertical groove on the gill cover.


Species Citation


Bray, D.J. 2020


Groovedcheek Sandgoby, Nesogobius sp. 4 (of Hoese & Larson, 2008)


Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 1994. Family Gobiidae. pp. 781-810 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp.

Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2008. Family Gobiidae. pp. 749-773 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Quick Facts

Depth:2-15 m

Habitat:Sandy areas

Max Size:6 cm


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