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    The Enchanting Whitecap Goby, Lotilia graciliosa

    If you’ve inquired about the Whitecap Goby Lotilia graciliosa, odds are you’ve been told it’s unavailable. Here is some hope–a few landed in Japan last month, but there is some confusion as to where exactly they came from. Some Japanese aquarists are saying Cebu? A few collectors in Cebu have been collecting some very unique […]

    If you’ve inquired about the Whitecap Goby Lotilia graciliosa, odds are you’ve been told it’s unavailable. Here is some hope–a few landed in Japan last month, but there is some confusion as to where exactly they came from. Some Japanese aquarists are saying Cebu?

    A few collectors in Cebu have been collecting some very unique goby species, so it would not surprise me, but like many fish the overall distribution of L. graciliosa is not 100% known. From the Ryukus to Sulawesi to the Marshalls. I suppose Cebu is also possible.

    If you’re one of those few that have been somewhat obsessive over this fish, I know there are a few of you out there, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. This fish consistently retails in Japan at over $1000 USD and they typically only see one or two a year. Last year one did come in for only $100 USD, but it was only 1cm long! 

    Photos via B-Box Japan.

    7 Comments

    1. Richard - Salty Supply
      January 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM | Permalink

      Why does everything go to japan? lol

    2. January 30, 2009 at 6:12 PM | Permalink

      because they pay more.

    3. January 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM | Permalink

      @Taka – 😀

    4. Albert
      January 31, 2009 at 1:23 AM | Permalink

      Could be worse; they could be going to the… ahh, nevermind, lol.

    5. January 31, 2009 at 6:49 PM | Permalink

      @Albert, LOL.

    6. August 11, 2010 at 9:43 PM | Permalink

      And now there’s one in Old Town…

    7. August 11, 2010 at 4:43 PM | Permalink

      And now there's one in Old Town…

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