Blueband Glidergoby, Valenciennea strigata (Broussonet 1782)

Other Names: Blueband Glider Goby, Blueband Goby, Bluestreak Goby, Golden-head Sleeper Goby, Golden-head Sleeper-goby, Golden-headed Sleeper

Blueband Glidergobies, Valenciennea strigata, at Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Source: David Pittock. License: All rights reserved

A pale greyish glidergoby with a yellowish head, a curved bluish bar below the eye across the gill cover, and a thin pale bluish bar on the pectoral-fin base. Dorsal-fin spines 2-4 are prolonged as filaments.

Blueband Glidergobies form monogamous pairs, and are usually seen hovering near their burrow. They feed by sifting small invertebrates from mouthfuls of sand. 

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Blueband Glidergoby, Valenciennea strigata (Broussonet 1782)

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Dampier Archipelago and offshore reefs of north Western Australia to Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea (and possibly north to off Melville Island, Northern Territory), and the far northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea to at least Jervis Bay, New South Wales; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, and Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Indo-west central Pacific.

Inhabits hard bottom, sand and rubble areas on clear outer lagoon and seaward reefs.


Dorsal fin VII + 17-19; Anal fin I,16-19; longitudinal scale series 101-126.
Body depth 4.5-5.1 in SL; body scales ctenoid becoming cycloid anteriorly below first dorsal fin; head or midline of nape naked; side of nape with scales extending forward to above or slightly before middle of opercle; pectoral fin base and prepelvic area fully scaled in adults; second to fourth dorsal-fin spines prolonged as filaments in fish larger than about 4.5 cm; caudal fin rounded, longer than head.


Feeds on small benthic invertebrates and fishes by sifting mouthfuls of sand.


Forms monogamous pairs, and the eggs are laid in burrows and guarded by the male parent until the larvae hatch.


The specific name is from the Latin strigatus (= striped) in reference to the to bluish bar or streak across the head.

Species Citation

Gobius strigatus Broussonet 1782, Ichthyologia Sistens Piscium Descriptiones et Icones: 11, pl. 1. Type locality: Tahiti.


Bray, D.J. 2023


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Blueband Glidergoby, Valenciennea strigata (Broussonet 1782)


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CAAB Code:37428286

Behaviour:Constructs burrows

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-25 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm TL

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