Neophyte Sandgoby (species: Fusigobius neophytus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Fusigobius neophytus
Neophyte Sandgoby

©Anne Hoggett: Fusigobius neophytus off Coconut Beach, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Fusigobius neophytus at North Point, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Fusigobius neophytus at the lagoon entrance channel, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Fusigobius
Species Fusigobius neophytus



Distinguishing features

A small translucent goby with internal alternating dark and white dashes, small brown spots on back and sides, white spots on lower sides, and with short slanting brown bars below the dorsal fins. Lizard Island specimens have a narrow vertical streak that "bleeds" from the top of the first dorsal fin into one of the short brown bars on the back.


  • Up to 7 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • 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). Reef fish community structure and dynamics: in interaction between local and larger-scale processes? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 19-29. LIRS catalog number 448.
  • Depczynski, M. (2006). Small cryptic fishes on coral reefs: a new perspective on reef fish ecology and life histories, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1070.
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