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.
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.
It lives in a burrow with a snapping shrimp, often Alpheus bellulus.
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.
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- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.