Steinitz' Shrimp Goby and shrimp Click to enlarge image
A Steinitz' Shrimp Goby, Amblyeleotris steinitzi, and shrimp in their burrow entrance, at a depth of 24 m, Great Detached Reef, far northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, December 1999. Image: Erik Schlögl
© Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    steinitzi
    Genus
    Amblyeleotris
    Family
    Gobiidae
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 8 cm in length.

Introduction

Steinitz' Shrimp Goby is white with five red-brown bars. The white areas between the bars have pale yellow lines. The dorsal fins have orange dots.

Identification

Steinitz' Shrimp Goby is white with five red-brown bars. The white areas between the bars have pale yellow lines. The dorsal fins have orange dots.

Habitat

It usually lives in a burrow with an alpheid shrimp.

Distribution

Steinitz' Shrimp Goby occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the offshore reefs of Western Australia and from much of the Great Barrier Reef.

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

  • Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  • Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.