Pleurosicya micheli

Stony coral ghostgoby | Cling Goby | Michel's Ghostgoby | Michel's Goby
Pleurosicya micheli
Pleurosicya micheli, Lord Howe Is, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Pleurosicya micheli
Pleurosicya micheli, Lord Howe Island, NSW, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Pleurosicya micheli
Pleurosicya micheli, Coral Sea, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Pleurosicya micheli
Pleurosicya micheli
Pleurosicya micheli


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Translucent body, with single wide red stripe with narrow white dashes on upper margin, and relatively short pointed snout with a yellow tint. Similar P. elongata (Slender Spongegoby) with more pointed snout and colouration to match host sponge. Perches on hard corals.


Max Size: 3 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.4-30.3°C

Depth: 10-50m

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 (1.3% 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: Few (2 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields