Shoulderspot Goby, Gnatholepis cauerensis (Bleeker 1853)

Other Names: Eye-bar Sand-goby, Shoulder-spot Sandgoby

Gnatholepis cauerensis at North Murion Island, Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A whitish to pale grey sand-dwelling goby with a dark bar through the eye and across the top of the head, rows of close-set reddish to dark-brown spots along the sides, and a small orange spot above the pectoral-fin base.

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Shoulderspot Goby, Gnatholepis cauerensis (Bleeker 1853)

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Recorded in the Australian region from Rottnest Island to Scott Reef, WA (including Ningaloo Reef), Cartier Island, Timor Sea and the northern Great Barrier Reef, QLD to Lord Howe Island, Middleton Reef and Elizabeth Reef, Tasman Sea and Sydney, NSW. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Species Citation

Gobius cauerensis Bleeker, 1853, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. Nederland. Indië 4: 269. Type locality: Cauer, Sumatra, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Shoulderspot Goby, Gnatholepis cauerensis (Bleeker 1853)


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Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21.

Bleeker, P. 1853. Diagnostische beschrijvingen van nieuwe of weinig bekende vischsoorten van Sumatra. Tiental V–X. Natuurwetenschappelijk Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 4: 243-302.

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Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. (p. 347 as G. scapulostigma)

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Thacker, C.E. 2004. Phylogeny and species boundaries in the gobiid genus Gnatholepis (Teleostei: Perciformes). Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 142(4): 573-582 (p. 573, in part as G. anjerensis)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428393

Depth:3-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:5.3 cm TL

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