Tasmanogobius gloveri

Glovers Tasmangoby
Tasmanogobius gloveri
Tasmanogobius gloveri, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith


Temperate Australasia


Bulbous eyes and a cream body, with a characteristic stripe and five or six squarish blotches along the sides. This fish is locally common in estuaries, where it sits near the entrance of crustacean burrows. The genus Tasmanogobius contains three southeastern Australian species that lack scales on the head.


Max Size: 7 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 11.1-21.3°C

Depth: 0-8m

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: Widespread (50% 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