Pleurosicya mossambica

Many-host ghostgoby | Common Ghostgoby | Many-host Cling-goby | Many-host Goby | Mozambique Ghostgoby
Pleurosicya mossambica
Pleurosicya mossambica, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Pleurosicya mossambica
Pleurosicya mossambica, QLD, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Pleurosicya mossambica
Pleurosicya mossambica, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Pleurosicya mossambica
Pleurosicya mossambica
Pleurosicya mossambica


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Red lines on snout, similar to P. boldinghi (Softcoral Ghostgoby) but with more solid colour on side of belly and along body. Found on many substrates, including corals, sponges, giant clams and seaweeds, and can vary colour according to the substrate.


Max Size: 3 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 26.6-30.4°C

Depth: 2-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.13

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 (2.9% 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 (3 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields