Ornate Sandgoby (species: Istigobius ornatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Istigobius ornatus
Ornate Sandgoby

©Mark Shepherd: Istigobius ornatus about 10 cm long at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Istigobius ornatus among mangroves at Mangrove Beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Istigobius
Species Istigobius ornatus



Distinguishing features

Pale grey above with black bars in horizontal rows along sides. Paler below.


  • Up to 10 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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

  • Sweatman, H.P.A. (1984). A field study of the predatory behavior and feeding rate of a piscivorous coral reef fish, the lizardfish Synodus englemani, Copeia, 1: 187-194. LIRS catalog number 174.