Cabillus nigromarginatus Kovačić & Bogorodsky 2013

Paratype of Cabillus nigromarginatus, from Rodrigues, Grand Baie, Western Indian Ocean, SAIAB 66628. Source: Phil Heemstra, Fig. 1C, in Kovacic & Bogorodsky (2013) Zootaxa 3717(2): 179-184. License: All rights reserved

A small white goby with dark saddles along the back, dark blotches along the midline and a dark blotch on the caudal-fin base.

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

Cabillus nigromarginatus Kovačić & Bogorodsky 2013

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Sir Charles Hardy Island to Lizard Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Western Indian Ocean, where specimens were collected from a sandy bottom close to the coral reef at 18–21 m depth.


Body with dark colour pattern of  midline blotches and dorsal saddles: the first blotch expanded upwards in the first saddle ending between the third spine of the first dorsal fin and the first spine of the second dorsal fin, with more intensively pigmented saddle edges and scattered melanophores inside; three midline blotches behind the first saddle, one or two expanded upwards in the dorsal saddles; a dark triangular blotch covering caudal-fin base as narrow triangle. 


The specific name nigromarginatus is from the Latin nigro- (black) and marginatus (margined) in reference to the colour pattern of the predorsal area and dorsal saddles.

Species Citation

Cabillus nigromarginatus Kovačić & Bogorodsky 2013, Zootaxa 3717(2): 181, Figs, 1A-D, 2, 3. Type locality: Grand Baie, Rodrigues, 19°39.02'S, 63°24.42'E, Western Indian Ocean.


Bray, D.J. 2018

Cabillus nigromarginatus Kovačić & Bogorodsky 2013


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.

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CAAB Code:37428469

Depth:~20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.2 cm SL

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