Golden-red Stiphodon

Stiphodon rutilaureus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Stiphodon rutilaureus
Other names Rutilaureus Cling Goby
Size Up to 4.5 cm (1.7 in)
Weight A few grams


Habitat & AU Distribution Freshwater streams & creeks amongst rocky areas.
Depth Range 0 - 2 m (6 ft)
Golden-red Stiphodon Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Golden-Red Stiphodon is a small freshwater fish species found in northern parts of Queensland.
  • Males are more brightly coloured than females, with vibrant shades of red and gold on their fins and bodies. The coloration of males is most intense during breeding season, when they display their colours to attract mates. Females are generally less colourful than males, with a more muted brown or grey coloration.
  • The Golden-Red Stiphodon is an omnivore, feeding on a variety of small invertebrates and plant material.
  • They are known for its ability to climb on rocks and other surfaces using a suction-like mechanism on its belly.
  • Females can lay up to 50 eggs at a time, which are guarded by the male until they hatch.
  • Their lifespan is estimated to be around 2-3 years.
Species Interaction


The Golden-Red Stiphodon is a popular species among aquarium hobbyists due to its striking coloration and interesting behaviour with the suction feature on its belly.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Gobiiformes

Family: Gobiidae

Genus: Stiphodon

Species: Stiphodon rutilaureus

Conservation Status

The Golden-Red Stiphodon has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that the species has not been officially assessed for its level of threat or conservation status.

Golden-red Stiphodon
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Reef Compatible: No

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

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