species: Vanderhorstia phaeosticta cf. in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Vanderhorstia phaeosticta cf.

©Anne Hoggett: Vanderhorstia phaeosticta cf. at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, on soft sediment away from reefs. Dianne Bray (through iNaturalist Jan 2020) noted resemblance of this photo to image of female Vanderhorstia phaeosticta in Allen et al (2019): https://zenodo.org/record/3519384#.XhUZZ1UzbZY

©Anne Hoggett: Vanderhorstia phaeosticta cf. at entrance to burrow, Lizard Island lagoon.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Vanderhorstia
Species Vanderhorstia phaeosticta cf.



Distinguishing features

Pale grey with several darker blotches on lower sides; midline scales with dark centres; upper sides and back speckled with brown, blue and yellow. Thin blue and yellow lines run obliquely from top of head across cheek.

Thanks to iNaturalist contributors for the genus level identification and to Dianne Bray for suggesting the resemblance to Vanderhorstia phaeosticta which has not yet been recorded from Australia (Atlas of Living Australia accessed 8 Jan 2020).


  • Up to 8 cm (estimated length of Lizard Island specimens)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



Web resources


  • Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann and M.U. Mongdong (2019). Vanderhorstia dawnarnallae, a new species of shrimpgoby (Pisces: Gobiidae) from West Papua, Indonesia. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 33: 89-98. LIRS catalog number 90288.