Animal Species:Zebra Dartgoby, Ptereleotris zebra (Fowler, 1938)

The Zebra Dartgoby can be recognised by its colouration. It occurs throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific.

Standard Common Name

Zebra Dartgoby

Alternative Name/s

Zebra Dartfish, Zebra Hovergoby

Identification

The Zebra Dartgoby has an elongate body with about twenty narrow orange to pink bars edged with blue or purple on the sides of the body. It has a fleshy chin barbel.

Size range

The species grows to 12 cm in length.

Distribution

This species occurs throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from offshore coral reefs of north-western Australia and from northern Queensland to Sydney, 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.

Ptereleotris zebra

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Zebra Dartgoby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
zebra
Genus:
Ptereleotris
Family:
Microdesmidae
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. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  3. Nelson, J.S., 1994. Fishes of the World, third edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Pp: 600.
  4. 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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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Zebra Dartgoby, Ptereleotris zebra, Microdesmidae, orange, pink, purple, blue, 10 cm - 30 cm,