Cabillus atripelvicus Randall, Sakamoto & Shibukawa 2007

Holotype of Cabillus atripelvicus, NSMT-P 72568, 40.6 mm SL, Chichi-jima, Ogasawara Islands. Source: John E. Randall, Fig. 1, in Randall, Sakamoto & Shibukawa (2007) Ichthyological Research 54: 38-43 (Supplementary file). License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale goby with dark brown blotches forming a bold zigzag pattern on the upper two-thirds of the body, resulting in four pale spots as large as the eye along the back from the below the origin of the second dorsal fin to the caudal-fin base, and black pelvic fins.
This species is tentatively recorded from Heron Island, Queensland.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Cabillus atripelvicus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Apr 2024,

Cabillus atripelvicus Randall, Sakamoto & Shibukawa 2007

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Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific.


A species of Cabillus with the following combination characters: dorsal-fin rays VI-I, 9; anal-fin rays I,8; pectoral-fin rays 18–20; longitudinal scale series 27–29; predorsal scales 7–9; prepelvic scales 5–7; posterior oculoscapular canal and associated pores absent; two longitudinal rows of four sensory papillae on chin behind mental flap; body depth 5.9–6.55 in SL; head length 3.35–3.6 in SL; head depth 1.3–1.35 in head width; caudal fin 3.3–3.6 in SL; pectoral fins extending posterior to a vertical at origin of anal fin.

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Differs from the other species of the genus in having 18-20 pectoral-fin rays, median predorsal scales, longer pectoral fins, and a distinctive color pattern, including black pelvic fins.


The specific name atripelvicus is from the Latin ater for black and pelvicus, in reference to the very dark pelvic fins.

Species Citation

Cabillus atripelvicus Randall, Sakamoto & Shibukawa 2007, Ichthyol. Res. 54: 41, figs 1-2. Type locality: Miyanohama Bay, Chichi-jima, Ogasawara Islands, Japan. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Cabillus atripelvicus Randall, Sakamoto & Shibukawa 2007


Kovačić, M. & Bogorodsky, S.V. 2013. Two new species of Cabillus (Perciformes: Gobiidae) and the first record of Cabillus macrophthalmus from the Western Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 3717(2): 179–194.

Randall, J.E., Sakamoto, K. & Shibukawa, K. 2007. Cabillus atripelvicus, a new species of gobiid fish from the Ogasawara Islands, with a key to species of the genus. Ichthyological Research 54: 38-43 See ref online, open access

Shibukawa, K. & Aizawa, M. 2013. Cabillus pexus, a new marine goby (Teleostei, Gobiidae) from Amami-oshima, Ryulyu Islands, Japan. Bull. Nat. Mus. Nat. Sci. Ser. A 39(3): 133-142.

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CAAB Code:37428450

Depth:17-55 m

Depth:4 cm SL

Habitat:Reef associated

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