Animal Species:Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalma (Bleeker, 1853)

The Broadbanded Shrimpgoby is occurs in tropical waters of the Indo-west and Central Pacific. It is a benthic species that is usually found on sandy substrates in coral reef and inshore waters.

A Broadbanded Shrimpgoby at North Solitary Island

Ian Shaw © Ian Shaw

Standard Common Name

Broadbanded Shrimpgoby

Alternative Name/s

Blotched Shrimp Goby, Periophthalma Shrimpgoby and Slender Shrimp Goby.

Identification

The Broadbanded Shrimpgoby is whitish with six reddish-brown bars. There are brown blotches between the bars and orange spots on the head and dorsal fins.

Size range

It grows to about 8 cm in length.

Distribution

The species is occurs in tropical waters of the Indo-west and Central Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia to the Gove Peninsular region of the Northern Territory and the northern Great Barrier Reef to northern 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.

Amblyeleotris periophthalma

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Broadbanded Shrimpgoby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The Broadbanded Shrimpgoby is a benthic species that is usually found on sandy substrates in coral reef and inshore waters.

Other behaviours and adaptations

It lives in burrows in a commensal relationship with alpheid shrimps.

Classification

Species:
periophthalma
Genus:
Amblyeleotris
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


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Tags fish, ichthyology, Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalma, Gobiidae, whitish, long and skinny, < 10 cm, stripes, soft substrate (sand), marine, reddish-brown bars, orange spots on the head, orange spots on the dorsal fins,