Broadbarred Glidergoby, Valenciennea wardii (Playfair 1866)

Other Names: Broadbarred Glider Goby, Broad-barred Sleeper Goby, Ward's Goby, Ward's Sleeper Saddled Gudgeon

A Broadbarred Glidergoby, Valenciennea wardii, at Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Source: Teresa Zubi / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A small pale greyish to whitish glidergoby with 3 broad brownish bars on the sides, a black spot on the first dorsal and a pale bluish streak under the eye.

Broadbarred Glidergobies are usually seen in pairs on silty bottoms.

Video of a Broadbarred Glidergoby sifting food items from sand at Kashiwajima, Japan.

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Dianne J. Bray, Valenciennea wardii in Fishes of Australia, accessed 11 Dec 2023,

Broadbarred Glidergoby, Valenciennea wardii (Playfair 1866)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428287

Behaviour:Constructs butrrows

Depth:12-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated, silty bottoms

Max Size:12.3 cm TL

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