Smith's Shrimpgoby, Tomiyamichthys smithi (Chen & Fang 2003)

Other Names: Smith's Shrimpgoby

Smith's Shrimpgoby, Tomiyamichthys smithi, at the Low Isles, near Port Douglas, Queensland, depth 5m on silty sand in sheltered waters. Source: Sue Churchill & Rogan Draper. License: All rights reserved

A mottled brown shrimpgoby with 12 brown bars along the body and narrow pale spaces between bars (some bars may be faded or indistinct), a large dark brown spot on the caudal-fin base, a triangular-shaped first dorsal fin with the first spine elongated and irregular brown and white blotches anteriorly and a large prominent ocellated blackish spot near the rear margin of the fin. The base of the second dorsal fin has large brown blotches, blue, yellow and brown submarginal bands, a yellow anal fin with a pale blue margin, and  anal fin; dark brown to blackish pelvic fins.

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

Smith's Shrimpgoby, Tomiyamichthys smithi (Chen & Fang 2003)

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Low Isles, QLD


Low Isles, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits sandy-mud bottoms in sheltered bays, in depths of 5-23 m, except for the holotype which was collected in 100 m.


Dorsal fin VI, + I,12; Anal fin I,12; Pectoral fin 18; Longitudinal scale series ~93-96.
Greatest body depth 6.9 in SL; pelvic fins united, well developed frenum present; head, nape, base of pectoral fin and prepelvic region without scales; body scales cycloid; caudal fin lanceolate, longer than head length


Bray, D.J.

Smith's Shrimpgoby, Tomiyamichthys smithi (Chen & Fang 2003)


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Quick Facts

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:5-23 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish (rare)

Habitat:Sandy, muddy bottoms

Max Size:15 cm TL

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