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Genus Vanderhorstia Smith, 1949



Species in this genus are very similar to Tomiyamichthys and Ctenogobiops. Several species are known. However, the names used for many of the species from Australia is tentative, pending further studies of the genus. Species is known from depths of around 1 to over 100 m..


Excluded Taxa


GOIIIDAE: Vanderhorstia phaeosticta Randall, Shao & Chen, 2007 [At least two and possibly three species have been confused under this name. There are no confirmed records from Australia. Photos appear to be of a different species.]




Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Indo-west-central Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Lord Howe Province (14), Timor Province (2), Cocos (Keeling) Island Province (22), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Northwest Transition (3), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands

General References

Greenfield, D.W. & Longenecker, K.R. 2005. Vanderhorstia bella, a new goby from Fiji (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 56(32): 619-623

Ikeda, Y., Nakabo, T. & Hiramatsu, W. 1995. Redescription of Vanderhorstia macropteryx (Perciformes: Gobiidae) with designation of a neotype. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 42(3/4): 303-310

Iwata, A., Shibukawa, K. & Ohnishi, N. 2007. Three new species of the shrimp-associated goby genus Vanderhorstia (Perciformes: Gobiidae: Gobiinae) from Japan, with re-descriptions of two related congeners. Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science Ser. A Supplement 1: 185-205

Randall, J.E. 2007. Descriptions of four new shrimpgobies of the genus Vanderhorstia from the western Pacific. Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology [formerly Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology] 12(3): 89-100

Randall, J.E. & Munday, P.L. 2008. Vanderhorstia steelei, a new shrimpgoby from the Society Islands. Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology [formerly Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology] 14(1): 35-41

Shibukawa, K. & Suzuki, T. 2004. Vanderhorstia papilio, a new shrimp-associated goby from the Ryukyu Islands, Japan (Perciformes: Gobiidae: Gobiinae), with comments on the limits of the genus. Ichthyological Research 51(2): 113-119

Winterbottom, R., Iwata, A. & Kozawa, T. 2005. Vanderhorstia nannai, a new species of burrow-associated goby from Palau and the Philippines (Pisces: Gobiidae). Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology [formerly Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology] 9(3): 109-114


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
07-Nov-2019 GOBIIDAE 21-Sep-2022 MODIFIED
04-Dec-2018 GOBIOIDEI 21-Sep-2022 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
14-May-2015 GOBIOIDEI 05-Apr-2012 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED