Pyjama Goby, Amblygobius nocturnus (Herre 1945)

Other Names: False Sleeper Goby, Nocturn Goby, Nocturna Goby

A Pyjama Goby, Amblygobius nocturnus, at Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea, 14 February 2010. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A pale greyish goby with pink stripes along the head and body (most intense on the head), and a row of 8-9 dark spots along the dorsal-fin base (spots may be faint).
Pyjama Gobies dive into burrows when threatened.

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Pyjama Goby, Amblygobius nocturnus (Herre 1945)

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Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, Rowley Shoals and Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia to Coral Bay, Northern Territory and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland; also in the Lord Howe Island region. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Usually hovers near the bottom over fine sandy, muddy and rubble areas at the base of corals, darting into burrows when threatened.

Species Citation

Yabotichthys nocturnus Herre 1945, Copeia 1945(1): 3. Type locality: near Yabots Camp, near San José, Busuanga, Philippines. 


Bray, D.J.


Australian Faunal Directory

Pyjama Goby, Amblygobius nocturnus (Herre 1945)


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CAAB Code:37428047

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated, soft bottoms

Max Size:10 cm SL

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