Gobiodon spilophthalmus

Whitelined coralgoby | Whiteband Coralgoby
Gobiodon spilophthalmus
Gobiodon spilophthalmus, Scott Reef, WA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Gobiodon spilophthalmus
Gobiodon spilophthalmus, Rowley Shoals, WA, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Gobiodon spilophthalmus
Gobiodon spilophthalmus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Small body with a blunt rounded head. Two colour forms: the first, golden with gold eye, and the second, translucent with two black stripes along body on either side of a white stripe, with black spots on head and tail, and spotted eye. Both with a light stripe along mid side, and can both occur in the same place. Less shy than other Gobiodon species (Coralgobies), often sitting on coral surfaces in plain sight.


Max Size: 4 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 25.5-31°C

Depth: 2-15m

Habitat Generalization Index: 0.7

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 (3.3% 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: Several (6 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields