Striped Barbelgoby, Gobiopsis malekulae (Herre 1935)

A Striped Barbelgoby, Gobiopsis malekulae, from the Similan Islands, Thailand. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A small pale grey goby with brown saddles on top of the head extending ventrally to middle of the preoperculum, a second brown saddle across the nape extending to pectoral region, and a broad, dark brown lateral stripe from pectoral-fin region to the caudal-fin base.

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Striped Barbelgoby, Gobiopsis malekulae (Herre 1935)

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Coral Sea, east of Cape York, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical west Pacific. Inhabits shallow reefs from the intertidal zone to a depth of  15 m.


Dorsal fin V-VI + I, 10; Anal fin I, 9-10; Longitudinal scale series 31-34.
Body depth 6.4 in SL; pelvic fins fully united, frenum present; barbels present on snout, tip of chin, and ventrally below lower jaw. Scales cycloid, absent from cheek and operculum; scales deeply embedded on nape; nasal and posterior interorbital sensory pores absent. Caudal fin rounded.

Species Citation

Ctenogobiopsis malekulae Herre 1935, Publications. Field Museum of Natural History. Zoology Series Zool. 18(12): 423. Type locality: Bushman Bay, Malekula Island, Vanuatu. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Striped Barbelgoby, Gobiopsis malekulae (Herre 1935)


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

Herre, A.W. 1935. New fishes obtained by the Crane Pacific Expedition. Publications. Field Museum of Natural History. Zoology Series Zool. 18(12): 383-438 figs 31-33 

Lachner, E.A. & McKinney, J.F. 1978. A revision of the Indo-Pacific fish genus Gobiopsis with descriptions of four new species (Pisces : Gobiidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 262: 1-52 figs 1-7 pls 1-11, open access

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CAAB Code:37428392

Depth:0-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm TL

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