Nesogobius maccullochi

Girdled goby
Nesogobius maccullochi
Nesogobius maccullochi, adult, Portarlington, Victoria, Photo: Andrew Green


Temperate Australasia


The girdled goby Nesogobius maccullochi and Hinsby’s gobyi Nesogobius hinsbyi are the only two Nesogobius species that have scales on the top of the head behind the eye. The girdled goby has dark rectangular markings on the side of the body below the midline. The species is often noticed darting away on shallow sandflats and is frequently mistaken for juvenile flathead.


Max Size: 7 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 10.3-22.3°C

Depth: 0-5m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

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 (1.6% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)

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

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney