Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalma (Bleeker 1853)

Other Names: Blotched Shrimp Goby, Blotchy Shrimpgoby, Broad-banded Shrimp Goby, Broad-banded Shrimp-goby, Periophthalma Shrimpgoby, Slender Shrimp Goby

A Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalma, at Dauin, Central Visayas, Philippines, March 2015. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A shrimpgoby with 6 reddish to brown bars on head and sides that branch on the lower sides, brownish blotches between the bars, a red blotch just behind the mouth, and dark-edged reddish to orange spots on the head.

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Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalma (Bleeker 1853)

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Recorded in Australia from the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, to Marchinbar Island, Wessel Islands, Northern Territory, and on the Great Barrier Reef to One Tree Island, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the Indo-West Pacific, from the Red Sea to Tonga, northwards to Japan and south to Australia. Inhabits sandy bottoms in coastal and offshore reef lagoons and reef slopes.


The specific name periophthalma is from the Greek ophthalmos meaning 'eye'.

Species Citation

Eleotris periophthalmus Bleeker, 1853, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. Nederland Indië 4: 477. Type locality:
Java (as Batavia), Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalma (Bleeker 1853)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428040

Behaviour:In burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:3-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL

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