Immaculate Glidergoby, Valenciennea immaculata (Ni 1981)

Other Names: Immaculate Glider Goby, Immaculate Goby, Kuiter's Goby, Red-lined Sleeper, Red-lined Sleeper-goby

Immaculate Glidergobies, Valenciennea immaculata, at Clifton Gardens, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, May 2020. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A yellowish-white to pale mauve glidergoby with a blue-edged orange to pink stripe from the upper lip, running across the cheek, along the lower side and extending onto the caudal fin, a similar often darker stripe running through the eye along the upper side and onto the caudal fin. Juveniles have a yellow stripe along the midside and pair of dark stripes along the back.

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Immaculate Glidergoby, Valenciennea immaculata (Ni 1981)

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Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia, to south of Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific: Indonesia east to the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, north to northern Vietnam and Taiwan, south to Australia.
Inhabits silty, sandy and rubble areas near reefs, Sheltering in burrows when threatened.


Individuals feed by sifting mouthfuls of sand.


The specific name immaculata is from the Latin im- (= not) and maculatus (= spotted, stained) in reference to the lack of spots in this species.

Species Citation

Eleotriodes immaculatus Ni 1981, Oceanologia et Limnologia Sinica 12(4): 362, 364, fig. 1. Type locality: Yantian, Baoan County, Guangdong Province, China.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Immaculate Glidergoby, Valenciennea immaculata (Ni 1981)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428281

Behaviour:Constructs burrows

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:13 cm TL

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