Cheekspine Goby, Asterropteryx ensifera (Bleeker 1874)

Other Names: Bluedot Goby, Blue-speckled Rubble Goby, Blue-spotted Rubble Goby

A Cheekspine Goby, Asterropteryx ensifera, at North Bali, Indonesia. Source: Jim Greenfield / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

Video of a Cheekspine Goby, Asterropteryx ensifera, in Bali, Indonesia.

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Cheekspine Goby, Asterropteryx ensifera (Bleeker 1874)

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Recorded in Australia from North Reef, Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Eslewhere the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits extensive coral rubble areas, especially on seaward reefs exposed to currents.


The specific name ensifera  is from the Latin ensifer meaning 'sword'.

Species Citation

Brachyeleotris ensifera Bleeker, 1874, Verslag. Meded. Konink. Akad. Wetensch. 2 7: 375. Type locality: Kajeli: Buru Island.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Cheekspine Goby, Asterropteryx ensifera (Bleeker 1874)


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

Bleeker, P. 1874. Notice sur les genres Amblyeleotris, Valenciennesia et Brachyeleotris. Verslagen en Mededeelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen (Afdeeling Natuurjunde). Amsterdam 2 7: 372-376.

Kuiter, R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 3. Jawfishes - Sunfishes, Opistognathidae - Molidae. Melbourne : Zoonetics pp. 623–893.

Larson, H. & Greenfield, D. 2016. Asterropteryx ensifera. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T193000A2182841. Downloaded on 26 July 2018.

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428057

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:6-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated, rubble areas

Max Size:3 cm SL

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