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.

Standard Common Name

Burgundy Shrimpgoby

Alternative Name/s

Gorgeous Shrimpgoby, Redbarred Shrimp Goby, Wheeler's Shrimp Goby

Identification

The species has seven reddish bars on a pale background. It usually has small blue spots.

Size range

8 cm

Distribution

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.

Amblyeleotris wheeleri

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Burgundy Shrimpgoby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

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.

Classification

Species:
wheeleri
Genus:
Amblyeleotris
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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
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