Animal Species:Immaculate Glidergoby, Valenciennea immaculata (Ni, 1981)

The Immaculate Glidergoby occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific. When disturbed the species backs tail-first into a hole in the sand.

Immaculate Glidergoby, Valenciennea immaculata

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Standard Common Name

Immaculate Glidergoby

Alternative Name/s

Immaculate Glider Goby, Immaculate Goby, Kuiter's Goby, Red-lined Sleeper-goby

Identification

The Immaculate Glidergoby can be recognised by its colouration. It is pale with two blue-edged reddish-orange lines on the head and body. It has a pointed caudal fin.

Size range

The species grows to 12cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia to the Northern Territory and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to the central New South Wales coast.

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.

Valenciennea immaculata

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Immaculate Glidergoby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Other behaviours and adaptations

When disturbed the Immaculate Glidergoby backs tail-first into a hole in the sand.

Classification

Species:
immaculata
Genus:
Valenciennea
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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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. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437. (as Valenciennea sp)
  4. Kuiter, R.H. & T. Tonozuka. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Zoonetics. Pp.893.
  5. 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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