Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris (Tomiyama 1956)

Other Names: Orange Dashed Goby, Orange-dashed Goby, Orangespotted Glider Goby, Orange-spotted Sleeper Goby, Orange-spotted Sleeper-goby

A pair of Orangespotted Glidergobies, Valenciennea puellaris, at Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr: pacificklaus. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial


A pale brownish to greyish glidergoby with a blue-edged orange stripe along the lower sides, a series of orange dashes along the upper sides, and rows of pale blue dashes on the head.

Usually in monogamous pairs, glidergobies seek refuge in shallow burrows often under large pieces of rubble.

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Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris (Tomiyama 1956)

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Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia, to One Tree Island, Queensland, with juveniles south to the Solitary Islands, New South Wales; also near the territory of Ashmore Reef and CArtier Island in the Timor Sea, and at Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.
Monogamous pairs inhabit sand and rubble areas of clear lagoon and seaward reefs. When disturbed, the Orangespotted Glidergoby shelters in a shallow burrow often created beneath large pieces of rubble.

Species Citation

Eleotriodes puellaris Tomiyama, 1956, Fishes of Japan: 1136, 1139, fig. 574, pl. 224. Type locality: Kiragawa, Kochi Prefecture, Japan.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris (Tomiyama 1956)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428284

Behaviour:Construct burrows

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-100 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated, rubble & sand areas

Max Size:18 cm SL

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