Whitebarred Goby, Amblygobius phalaena (Valenciennes 1837)


Other Names: Banded Goby, Barred Goby, Brown-barred Goby, Dusky Barred Goby, Spotty-tail Goby, White-bar Goby, White-barred Goby, White-spotted Goby

A Whitebarred Goby, Amblygobius phalaena, at Efate, Vanuata. Source: Will White. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A greenish-brown goby with five dark brown to blackish bars along the side, a pale-edged dark stripe through the eye and another across the cheek, white streaks on the head, small white spots in 3-4 horizontal rows on the body, a black spot on the first dorsal fin and a black spot on the upper part of the caudal-fin base.

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Whitebarred Goby, Amblygobius phalaena (Valenciennes 1837)

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Distribution

Rottnest Island and offshore reefs, Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, to Sydney, New South Wales; also Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.
Individuals or pairs inhabit sand and rubble areas on coastal reefs and lagoons.

Feeding

Feeds on small invertebrates, organic matter, and algae by sifting mouthfuls of sand.

Biology

The sexes are separate, and males tend the eggs which are laid in burrows.

Species Citation

Gobius phalaena Valenciennes in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes 1837, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 12: 92. Type locality: Vanikoro Island, Santa Cruz Islands.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2019

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Whitebarred Goby, Amblygobius phalaena (Valenciennes 1837)

References


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CAAB Code:37428048

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm TL

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