Animal Species:Burgundy Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris wheeleri (Polunin & Lubbock, 1977)
The Burgundy Shrimpgoby is a small fish that often shares its burrow with one or more shrimps.
Gorgeous Shrimpgoby, Redbarred Shrimp Goby, Wheeler's Shrimp Goby
The species has seven reddish bars on a pale background. It usually has small blue spots.
It occurs widely throughout the Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from tropical waters but not from the Gulf of Carpentaria.
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
Other behaviours and adaptations
As its standard name implies, the Burgundy Shrimpgoby is one of a number of gobies that live in burrows in close association with shimps.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- 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