Halfbridled Goby, Arenigobius frenatus (Günther 1861)

Other Names: Banded Goby, Falsely Bridled Goby, Half-bridled Goby

Halfbridled Goby, Arenigobius frenatus. Source: Rudie Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved


Head slightly compressed; snout short, blunt; mouth oblique, terminal, reaching to below middle of eye; eyes large, close together on top of head; tail weakly pointed to slightly rounded; pectoral fins large, weakly pointed to slightly rounded.

Greyish-brown with black spots on head, and about 8 irregular bands on sides; horizontal stripe on side of head from eye across top of gill cover; usually a vertical dark bar below eye.

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Halfbridled Goby, Arenigobius frenatus (Günther 1861)

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Endemic to tropical and temperate waters of eastern Australia, from Cape Tribulation, Queensland, to Flinders Island, Tasmania, and west to Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. 

Pairs live in burrows in seagrass beds or amongst mangroves in bays, estuaries and coastal lagoons, in depths to 10 m.


Dorsal fin VI, I, 10-11; Anal fin I, 10; Caudal fin (segmented rays) 17; Pectoral fin 17-19; Pelvic fin I, 5.


To 11 cm


Greyish-brown with black spots on head, and about 8 irregular broken bands on sides; horizontal stripe on side of head from eye across top of gill cover; usually a vertical dark bar below eye.


Feeds on small benthic invertebrates.


The sexes are separate and females spawn demersal eggs in burrows.


Of no interest to fisheries.

Species Citation

Gobius frenatus Günther 1861, Cat. Fish. Brit. Mus.3: 39. Type locality: Australia


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Halfbridled Goby, Arenigobius frenatus (Günther 1861)


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  • Quick Facts

    CAAB Code:37428002

    Behaviour:Lives in burrows

    Depth:0-10 m

    Habitat:Inshore, soft bottom

    Max weight:11 cm


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