Asterropteryx spinosa (Goren 1981)

Other Names: Eyebar Spiny Goby, Eyebar Spinygoby

An Eyebar Spinygoby, Asterropteryx spinosa, in Palau. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A small coral reef goby with a thick dusky bar below the eye, a small indistinct black spot at the beginning of the first dorsal fin, a short dark bar on the tail base, 4-6 cheek spines and an elongate, filamentous 4th dorsal-fin spine.

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Dianne J. Bray, Asterropteryx spinosa in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 Mar 2023,

Asterropteryx spinosa (Goren 1981)

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Recorded in Australia from Rowley Shoals to Ashmore Reef, Western Australia, and Tijou Reef to One Tree Island, Queensland. Found elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific. Inhabits sandy and muddy coral rubble areas.

Species Citation

Oplopomus spinosus Goren, 1981, Cybium 3e 5(3): 96, fig. 2. Type locality:  Île Maitre, New Caledonia.


Dianne J. Bray

Asterropteryx spinosa (Goren 1981)


Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91.

Allen, G.R. & M.V. Erdmann. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III. Universitiy of Hawai'i Press & Tropical Reef Research.
Goren, M. 1981. Three new species and three new records of gobies from New Caledonia. Cybium 3e 5(3): 93-101 figs 1-5. 

Larson, H.K. & E.O. Murdy. 2001. Gobiidae. Gobies. p. 3578-3603. In K.E. Carpenter & V.H. Niem (eds) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. FAO, Rome.

Lowe, G.R. & Russell, B.C. 1990. Additions and revisions to the checklist of fishes of the Capricorn-Bunker Group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 19: 1-27.

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.

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2 (127, as Asterropteryx DFH sp. 3).

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CAAB Code:37428059

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:4.6 cm SL

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