Whitebarred Goby (species: Amblygobius phalaena) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Amblygobius phalaena
Whitebarred Goby

©Graham Edgar: Amblygobius phalaena at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island.

©Mark Shepherd: Amblygobius phalaena about 10 cm long at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: A pale form of Amblygobius phalaena in the Lizard Island lagoon, 4 to 5 metres depth
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Amblygobius
Species Amblygobius phalaena



Distinguishing features

First dorsal fin pointed and with a large dark spot. Five broad bars on the sides edged with white or blue. A small dark spot on upper tail near tail base. A thick dark stripe from snout through eye and three thin blue stripes below it, the lower two bordering a paler thick stripe.


  • Up to 15 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


These gobies usually excavate their own burrows and are only occasionally found with alpheid shrimps at Lizard Island (Syms and Jones, 2004).

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.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Bay, L.K. (2005). The population genetic structure of coral reef fishes on the Great Barrier Reef, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 967.
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