Bynoe Goby, Amblygobius bynoensis (Richardson 1844)

Other Names: Byno Goby, Bynoe's Goby

A Bynoe Goby, Amblygobius bynoensis, at Heron Point, Learmonth, Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, November 2019. Source: Alex Hoschke / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale goby with two dark stripes along the body that may fade before the tail, a black spot on the tail base, and indistinct bars across the back and upper sides.

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Bynoe Goby, Amblygobius bynoensis (Richardson 1844)

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Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, around the tropical north to Masthead Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits silty, sandy and rubble areas in protected bays and harbours. Pairs often hover just above the bottom. 

Species Citation

Gobius bynoensis Richardson 1844, Ichthyology of the voyage of H. M. S. Erebus & Terror 2(2): 1, pl. 1(1, 2). Type locality: Bynoe Harbour, Northern Territory (as Coasts of Western Australia).


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Bynoe Goby, Amblygobius bynoensis (Richardson 1844)


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CAAB Code:37428045

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

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