Blueband Glidergoby, Valenciennea strigata (Broussonet 1782)

Other Names: Blueband Glider Goby, Blueband Goby, Bluestreak Goby, Golden-head Sleeper Goby, Golden-head Sleeper-goby, Golden-headed Sleeper

Blueband Glidergobies, Valenciennea strigata, at Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Source: David Pittock. License: All rights reserved

A pale greyish glidergoby with a yellowish head, a curved bluish bar below the eye across the gill cover, and a thin pale bluish bar on the pectoral-fin base. Dorsal-fin spines 2-4 are prolonged as filaments.

Blueband Glidergobies form monogamous pairs, and are usually seen hovering near their burrow. They feed by sifting small invertebrates from mouthfuls of sand. 

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Dianne J. Bray, Valenciennea strigata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Oct 2019,

Blueband Glidergoby, Valenciennea strigata (Broussonet 1782)


Allen, G.R., R. Steene, P. Humann & N. Deloach. 2003. Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific. New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428286

Behaviour:Construct burrows

Depth:1-25 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm TL

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