Gobiodon qinquestrigatus (Valenciennes, 1837)

Common Name: 
Fiveline Coralgoby

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the western Pacific Ocean: Philippines to the Society Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Australia and Tonga. In Australia distributed around the tropical north of the continent from Shark Bay in Western Australia, Torres Strait, the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, to northern New South Wales, and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes: 

Frequents coral rich areas where it is found amongst the branches of Acropora corals. Depth to at least 30 m but usually shallower.

Additional Notes: 

Difficult to observe as it hides between the branches of the host coral, where it feeds on small invertebrates and zooplankton. A monogamous pair, the female lays eggs on the coral branches which the male then guards and maintains. Pinkish orange to brown in colour with five vertical blue lines, grows to around 45 mm.


R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.399.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=gobiodon+quinquestrigatus. Accessed 27/05/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Gobiodon-quinquestrigatus.html. Accessed 27/05/18.