Amblygobius decussatus

Crosshatch Goby | Crossed Goby | Orange-striped Goby | Pink-lined Goby
Amblygobius decussatus
Amblygobius decussatus, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Amblygobius decussatus
Amblygobius decussatus, Torres Strait, Qld, Photo: Andrew Green
Amblygobius decussatus
Amblygobius decussatus, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Amblygobius decussatus
Amblygobius decussatus
Amblygobius decussatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale body with faint orange crosshatch pattern, the central two horizontal lines starting on snout where they are darker and more distinct, tail base with a large white spot with an orange centre. Similar A. nocturnus (Pyjama Goby) lacks tail spot and vertical lines. Hovers close to the bottom over sand and rubble patches near reefs.


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.4-31.1°C

Depth: 3-25m

Habitat Generalization Index: 7.17

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (15.8% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (4 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields