Pleurosicya mossambica (Common ghostgoby)


Pleurosicya mossambica is a small goby with highly variable markings and colors. Colors can range from yellow to greenish, brown and red to almost translucent, but with consistent, fine brown speckling on the body, and sometimes with dash markings on the back.


Unassessed by the IUCN Red list, but one of the more common species of ghostgoby in the Indo-Pacific. Due to their size they are not always spotted.


They can be found from the Red Sea and Eastern Africa to French Polynesia and Fiji, from the South of Japan to Australia. They are found in seagrass beds and any surface in coral reefs, in a depth range of 2-30 meters.


They reproduce through benthic spawning.


Up to 3,5cm.

Prey / Predation

Pleurosicya mossambica feeds on plankton en tiny crustaceans.

Special features

Ghostgobies tend to hide most on corals and sponges. Taking some time to examine them closely will pay off in seeing many of these small fish. You can also browse our other species of Pleurosicya en Bryaninops gobies here, to compare habitats and physical features.