Animal Species:Black-lined Sleeper Goby, Valenciennea helsdingenii (Bleeker, 1858)
The Black-lined Sleeper Goby has 2 distinct longitudinal stripes along the side of it's head and body.The adults are found in shallow areas of large coastal bays and on deep slopes. While juveniles are usually close to rocks in clear estuaries.
The Black-lined Sleeper Goby is white with two black to orange stripes on the head and body. There is a white-edged black spot on the first dorsal fin.
The caudal fin of juveniles is rounded. Adults have a pair of elongate caudal fin filaments.
The species grows to 18 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical and some temperate waters of the Indo-West Pacific.
In Australia it is known from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to southern New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
Adults are found in shallow areas of large coastal bays and on deep slopes. Juveniles are found close to rocks in clear estuaries.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags fish, ichthyology, Black-lined Sleeper Goby, Valenciennea helsdingenii, Gobiidae, white, long and skinny, 10 cm - 30 cm, stripes, coral reef, marine, black to orange stripes on the head and body,