Shoulderspot Goby (species: Gnatholepis cauerensis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Gnatholepis cauerensis
Shoulderspot Goby

©Anne Hoggett: Gnatholepis cauerensis at South Island, Lizard Island Group.

©Anne Hoggett: Gnatholepis cauerensis near the reef crest between Bird and South Islands, Lizard Island Group.

©Graham Edgar: Gnatholepis cauerensis at Cod Hole near Lizard Island. This specimen lacks the distinctive small orange spot above the pectoral fin base.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Gnatholepis
Species Gnatholepis cauerensis



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 4.5 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


References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.
  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Goatley, C.H.R., A. Gonz├ílez-Cabello and D.R. Bellwood (2016). Reef-scale partitioning of cryptobenthic fish assemblages across the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 544: 271-280. LIRS catalog number 2039.
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