Greeneye Dartgoby (species: Ptereleotris microlepis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ptereleotris microlepis
Greeneye Dartgoby

©Graham Edgar: Ptereleotris microlepis at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Ptereleotris microlepis at base of reef slope off South Island, Lizard Island Group

©Anne Hoggett: Two of a school of about 15 Ptereleotris microlepis close to Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Microdesmidae
Genus Ptereleotris
Species Ptereleotris microlepis



Distinguishing features

A small, slender, silver/blue fish with only indistinct markings: a thin dark bar at base of pectoral fin and irridescent blue lines on face. They form groups and hover above their burrows in sand/rubble.


  • Up to 15 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Community dynamics of tropical reef fishes: local patterns between latitudes, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 7-18. LIRS catalog number 447.
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