Animal Species:Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris (Tomiyama, 1956)

The Orangespotted Glidergoby is light brown to grey above and white below. It lives in a burrow that it excavates in sand or rubble.

Standard Common Name

Orangespotted Glidergoby

Alternative Name/s

Orange Dashed Goby, Orange-spotted Sleeper Goby, Orangespotted Glider Goby

Identification

The Orangespotted Glidergoby is light brown to grey above and white below. It has a blue-edged orange line along the side of the body, a series of orange dashes on the upper body and two rows of light blue dashes on the head.

Size range

The species grows to 14 cm in length.

Distribution

The Orangespotted Glidergoby occurs widely in marine waters of the tropical Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south 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.

Valenciennea puellaris

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Orangespotted Glidergoby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species lives in a burrow that it excavates in sand or rubble. It is often seen in pairs.

Classification

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

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. 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.
  4. Hoese, D. F., and H. K. Larson. 1994. Revision of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Valenciennea, with descriptions of seven new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes No. 23: 1-71.Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  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
Last Updated:

Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris, Gobiidae, white, light brown, long and skinny, 10 cm - 30 cm, stripes, dashes, soft substrate (sand), marine, orange dashes on upper body, blue dashes on head,