Scaleless Goby

Schismatogobius hoesei
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Schismatogobius hoesei
Family Goby / Gobiidae
Size Up to 4 cm (1.57 in)
Weight A few grams


Habitat & AU Distribution Freshwater steams & creeks amongst gravel & sandy areas near fast moving water
Depth Range 0 - 3 m (10 ft)
Scaleless Goby Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Scaleless Goby is found in the northern parts of Queensland in the Endeavour River and other freshwater creeks and streams.
  • It’s named for its lack of scales and has a long slender body, large head, and small fins. They are yellowish in colour with 3 broad, brown bars and brown spots on its body and fins
  • The Scaleless Goby feeds on small invertebrates such as crustaceans and insect larvae.
  • The Scaleless Goby is a hardy species that can tolerate a wide range of water conditions, including low oxygen levels and high temperatures.
  • They can tolerate a wide range of water conditions, including low oxygen levels and high salinity.
  • They are benthic spawners with the males creating their nests for the female to lay their adhesive eggs in. After fertilisation, the larvae start hatching after 4 days.
  • The Scaleless Goby is known to be a nocturnal species, meaning that it is most active at night.
  • Their lifespan is estimated to be around 2-3 years.
Species Interaction


The Scaleless Goby is not considered to be a commercially important species, they are not a highly targeted fish for aquariums but are sometimes kept as an aquarium fish.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Gobiiformes

Family: Oxudercidae

Genus: Schismatogobius

Species: Schismatogobius hoesei

Conservation Status

The conservation status of the Scaleless Goby (Schismatogobius hoesei) is currently listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is due to the species’ relatively wide distribution in freshwater habitats across northern Australia, and the lack of significant known threats to their populations.

Scaleless Goby
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Moderate to difficult

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: No

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

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