Crosshatch Goby (species: Amblygobius decussatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Amblygobius decussatus
Crosshatch Goby

©Anne Hoggett: Amblygobius decussatus about 6 cm long at Mermaid Cove, Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Amblygobius decussatus at Osprey Islet, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: A pair of Amblygobius decussatus at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Amblygobius
Species Amblygobius decussatus



Distinguishing features

Pale background colour with several orange stripes running along body, most distinct on face, faintly crosshatched with about nine indistinct yellow to pale orange bars; an orange spot at base of tail with white above and below.


  • Up to 6 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



Many Lizard Island specimens do not seem to be as strongly crosshatched as those from other areas, as illustrated in fish guides (e.g. Allen et al, 2003).

by Anne Hoggett


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Common

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. (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.
  • Caley, M.J. and J. St John (1996). Refuge availability structures assemblages of tropical reef fishes, Journal of Animal Ecology, 65: 414-428. LIRS catalog number 458.
  • View all references