Gnatholepis anjerensis

Shoulder-spot sand goby | Anjer Eye-bar Goby | Eye-bar Goby | Eye-bar Sandgoby | Orange Ear Goby | Shoulderspot Goby | Yellowspot Goby | Gnatholepis inconsequens | Gnatholepis scapulostigma
Gnatholepis anjerensis
Gnatholepis anjerensis, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Narrow vertical bar through eye to bottom of head, profile of head steep and rounded. Markings highly variable, but tend to be less linear compared with those of G. cauerensis (Eyebar Goby). Yellow shoulder spot is not diagnostic and isn't always present. Found on sand patches near reefs.


Max Size: 8 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 18.9-30.5°C

Depth: 1-46 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 4.65

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: Infrequent (6.4% 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 (5 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields