Genus Amblyeleotris


Species in the genus Amblyeleotris live on coral reefs in symbiotic relationships with alpheid shrimps. The shrimps excavate burrows in sandy or loose coral rubble bottoms, while the gobies stand guard on the lookout for predators. 

Chen et al. (2006) provide a key to species from the West-Pacific.

Author: Bray, D.J.

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Bray, D.J., Amblyeleotris in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Jun 2024,


Chen, I-S., K‐T. Shao & J‐P. Chen. 2006.  Two new species of shrimp gobiid, Amblyeleotris (Teleostei: Gobiidae), from the West Pacific. Journal of Natural History 40(44-46): 2555-2567.

Karplus, I. 1987. The association between gobiid fishes and burrowing alpheid shrimps. Annual Review of Oceanography and Marine Biology 25: 507-562.

Karplus, I. & Thompson, A.R. 2011. The partnership between gobiid fishes and burrowing alpheid shrimps, pp. 559-609. In: Patzner, R.A., Van Tassell, J.L., Kovačić, M. & Kapoor, B.G. (eds) 2011. The Biology of Gobies. Enfield, New Hampshire : Science Publishers 685 pp.