Emerald Cling Goby

Stiphodon surrufus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Stiphodon surrufus
Other names Birdsong Cling Goby
Size Up to 2.3 cm (.90 in)
Weight A few grams


Habitat & AU Distribution Freshwater streams & creeks amongst fast moving water over rocky bottoms - Marine larvae
Depth Range 0 - 3 m (10 ft)
Emerald Cling Goby Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The emerald cling goby is a species only found in the streams and rivers of north-eastern Queensland, Australia.
  • It is known for its bright colouration and a series of green or blue vertical stripes along its body.
  • The Emerald Cling Goby is primarily found in rocky habitats in swift-flowing streams and riffles. It is a bottom-dwelling species, clinging to rocks and substrate in fast-moving water.
  • It feeds on small aquatic invertebrates, such as mayfly and caddisfly larvae.
  • Females can lay up to 20 eggs at a time, which are attached to the underside of rocks.
  • Its scientific name, Stiphodon surrufus, translates to “reddish spine-tooth”.
  • Their lifespan is estimated to be around 2-3 years in the wild.
Species Interaction

Aquarium Fish

Emerald Cling Goby is a popular aquarium fish due to its striking coloration and small size. However, they can be quite challenging to keep in captivity and may not be suitable for inexperienced aquarists.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Gobiiformes

Family: Gobiidae

Genus: Stiphodon

Species: Stiphodon surrufus

Conservation Status

The conservation status of the Emerald Cling Goby is currently listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that the species is not currently facing significant threats that could lead to its extinction.

Emerald Cling Goby
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Difficult

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: No

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

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