Pleurosicya micheli (Stonycoral goby)


The stonycoral goby (Pleurosicya micheli) has a translucent body with a red to brown mid-lateral stripe from the nose to the tail, small white markings along the upper spinal column, eyes are yellow with a red stripe through them.


Unassessed by the IUCN Red list, but a common species of coral goby in tropical waters.


Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific; Seychelles to Fiji and the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, New Caledonia and Tonga. They can be found on coastal reef slopes a wide variety of hard corals in coral rich areas and reefs, in a depth range of 10-50 meters. Sometimes found on the mantle of clams.


Oviparous breeding. Eggs are usually laid on ascidians


Up to 2,5cm.

Prey / Predation

The feed on small crustaceans.

Special features

There is wide variety of coral gobies, which can be hard to separate form one another, especially since they are very mobile. Pleurosicya micheli is no exception. You can also browse our other species of Pleurosicya en Bryaninops gobies here, to compare habitats and physical features.