Broadbanded Shrimpgoby Click to enlarge image
A Broadbanded Shrimpgoby at a depth of 24m, North Solitary Island, New South Wales, November 2006. Image: Ian Shaw
© Ian Shaw

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    periophthalma
    Genus
    Amblyeleotris
    Family
    Gobiidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to about 8 cm in length.

Introduction

The Broadbanded Shrimpgoby is occurs in tropical waters of the Indo-west and Central Pacific. It is a benthic species that is usually found on sandy substrates in coral reef and inshore waters.

Identification

The Broadbanded Shrimpgoby is whitish with six reddish-brown bars. There are brown blotches between the bars and orange spots on the head and dorsal fins.

Habitat

The Broadbanded Shrimpgoby is a benthic species that is usually found on sandy substrates in coral reef and inshore waters.

Distribution

The species is occurs in tropical waters of the Indo-west and Central Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia to the Gove Peninsular region of the Northern Territory and the northern Great Barrier Reef 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.



Other behaviours and adaptations

It lives in burrows in a commensal relationship with alpheid shrimps.

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.