Gold-marked Shrimpgoby, Vanderhorstia auronotata Randall 2007

A pair of Goldmarked Shrimpgobies, Vanderhorstia auronotata, in the Low Isles near Port Douglas, Queensland, depth 8m on silty sand in sheltered waters. Source: Sue Churchill & Rogan Draper. License: All rights reserved

Known in Australia from the Low Isles, Queensland. 

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Vanderhorstia auronotata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Jun 2024,

Gold-marked Shrimpgoby, Vanderhorstia auronotata Randall 2007

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Lowe Isles, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical West Pacific. Inhabits silty-sandy areas.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 14; Anal fin I, 15; Pectoral rays 17-18; Scales in longitudinal series ~ 55. 
Body elongate, depth 5.55 in SL; orbit diameter 4.05 in HL; third dorsal-fin spine longest, 3.95 in SL; caudal fin long and very pointed, 2.5 in SL; pectoral fins reaching to above anal-fin origin, 3.6 in SL; pelvic fins just reaching anus, 4.9 in SL; scales absent from head, nape and prepectoral area.


Lives in a symbiotic relationship with alpheid shrimps.


The specific name auronotata is from the Latin aurum (= gold) and nota (= mark), in reference to the many bright orange-yellow marking of this species.

Species Citation

Vanderhorstia auronotata Randall 2007, aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 12(3): 94, fig. 3. Type locality: about 1.5 km west of Poka, Ambon Bay, Ambon, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Gold-marked Shrimpgoby, Vanderhorstia auronotata Randall 2007


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

Randall, J.E. 2007. Descriptions of four new shrimpgobies of the genus Vanderhorstia from the Western Pacific. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 12(3): 89-100.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428475

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:4-40 m

Habitat:Silty-sand areas

Max Size:5 cm TL

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