Zebra Dartgoby, Ptereleotris zebra Click to enlarge image
Zebra Dartgoby, Ptereleotris zebra Image: John E. Randall
© John E. Randall

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    zebra
    Genus
    Ptereleotris
    Family
    Microdesmidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 12 cm in length.

Introduction

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

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.

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.



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.