Longspine Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris macronema Polunin & Lubbock 1979


A Longspine Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris macronema, at Fitzroy Island, near Cairns, Queensland, depth 14-18m. Source: Sue Churchill & Rogan Draper. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A pale beige shrimpgoby with five faint brown vertical bands along the head and body, scattered patches of pale brown between the bands, a brown band along the midline of ventral profile of head, lined with pale blue; few pale blue spots on and above operculum

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Amblyeleotris macronema in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Jun 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1182

Longspine Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris macronema Polunin & Lubbock 1979

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Distribution

Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific (Philippines and New Guinea).

Colour

Head and body pale beige, with 5 faint brown vertical bands; first band across part of predorsal area, continuing onto dorsal part of operculum; second band below fifth and sixth dorsal spines, fading ventrally; third band below second to fifth dorsal soft rays; fourth band below tenth to twelfth soft dorsal rays; fifth band on caudal fin base. Scattered patches of pale brown between vertical bands. Brown band along midline of ventral profile of head, lined with pale blue; a few pale blue spots on and above preoperculum. First dorsal fin very pale beige with pale blue and orange spots, latter arranged regularly along spines and becoming brighter distally; second dorsal fin very pale beige with a few orange spots along anterior and distal margins. Anal fin pale bluish hyaline distally, pale beige along base, the two colours separated by iridescent pale blue band and broad horizontal black stripe. Pelvic fins pale bluish hyaline. Pectoral fins hyaline. Caudal fin very pale beige, ventral half with dark streaks lined with pale blue, dorsal half with faint orange margin and scattered pale blue spots near upper edge. 

Etymology

The specific name macronema is from the Greek words for 'long' and 'thread', in reference to the long spines of the first dorsal fin.

Species Citation

Amblyeleotris macronema Polunin & Lubbock 1979, Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Zool. 36(4): [243, fig. 3. Type locality: 26 m depth, coarse sand 50-100 m seaward of coral at bottom of reef slope, just east of South Island, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2019

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Longspine Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris macronema Polunin & Lubbock 1979

References


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Polunin, N.V.C. & Lubbock, R. 1979. Five new prawn-associated gobies (Teleostei : Gobiidae) of the genus Amblyeleotris. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Zoology 36(4): 239-249 figs 1-5 See ref at BHL

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37428038

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Habitat:Reef associated, sand/rubble areas

Max Size:8 cm SL

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