Antitropical Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris ogasawarensis Click to enlarge image
An Antitropical Shrimpgoby at the mouth of its burrow, North Solitary Island, New South Wales, 12 January 2014. Image: Ian Shaw
© Ian Shaw

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    ogasawarensis
    Genus
    Amblyeleotris
    Family
    Gobiidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 11 cm in length.

Introduction

The Antitropical Shrimpgoby is a small fish that lives in a burrow with a snapping shrimp. The common name of the Antitropical Shrimpgoby refers to the distribution of the species.

Identification

The Antitropical Shrimpgoby is cream to white with five deep red bars on the body. The first bar, which crosses the operculum, contains a red-brown spot. The second bar ends dorsally in a semicircular spot at the base of the first dorsal fin.

There is a dusky bar between the eye and the mouth. The head has scattered blue and red spots. The caudal fin is marked with a deep reddish arc, and the pale spaces between the body bars contain blue spots.

Habitat

It lives in a burrow with a snapping shrimp, often Alpheus bellulus.

Distribution

The common name of the Antitropical Shrimpgoby refers to the distribution of the species. It is known from the Ryukyu and Ogasawara Islands in southern Japan and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to northern New South Wales in Australia. It is not recorded from the tropical waters in between.

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.



References

  1. Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific. Indonesia and adjacent Waters. Penerbit PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama. Pp. 314.
  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.