Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris (Tomiyama 1956)

Other Names: Orange Dashed Goby, Orange-dashed Goby, Orangespotted Glider Goby, Orange-spotted Sleeper Goby, Orange-spotted Sleeper-goby

A pair of Orangespotted Glidergobies, Valenciennea puellaris, at Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr: pacificklaus. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial


A pale brownish to greyish glidergoby with a blue-edged orange stripe along the lower sides, a series of orange dashes along the upper sides, and rows of pale blue dashes on the head.

Usually in monogamous pairs, glidergobies seek refuge in shallow burrows often under large pieces of rubble.

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Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris (Tomiyama 1956)

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Known in Australian waters from Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and Shark Bay, Western Australia to One Tree Island, Queensland. Found elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Species Citation

Eleotriodes puellaris Tomiyama, 1956, Fishes of Japan: 1136, 1139, fig. 574, pl. 224. Type locality: Kiragawa, Kochi Prefecture, Japan.


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Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris (Tomiyama 1956)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428284

Behaviour:Construct burrows

Depth:2-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm SL

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