Redbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris fasciata (Herre 1953)

Other Names: Red Banded Prawn Goby, Red-banded Prawn-goby

A Redbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris fasciata, at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. Source: Jeanette Johnson / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale shrimpgoby covered in yellow spots, with five narrow red diagonal bands, a red patch at the corner of the mouth, and no red markings on the second dorsal fin. The Redband Shrimpgoby is often confused with the Burgundy Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris wheeleri.
Video of a Redbanded Shrimpgoby (Amblyeleotris fasciata)

Shrimpgobies share burrows with alpheid shrimps. The shrimp excavated and maintains the burrow, while the goby watches out for predators.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Amblyeleotris fasciata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 11 Dec 2023,

Redbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris fasciata (Herre 1953)

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea (Marion Reef). Elsewhere the species occurs in the west-central Pacific.

Similar Species

Differs from the Burgundy Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris wheeleri, in having narrower bands and lacking red markings on the second dorsal fin.

Species Citation

Zebreleotris fasciata Herre 1953, Philippine Journal of Science 82(2): 191. Type locality: Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Redbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris fasciata (Herre 1953)


Allen, G.R., Steene, R., Human, P. & Deloach, N. 2003. Reef Fish Identification Tropical Pacific. Jacksonville, Florida : New World Publications, Inc. 457 pp. 

Herre, A.W. 1953. The tropical Pacific Eleotridae with vomerine teeth with the descriptions of two new genera and two new species from the Marshall Islands. Philippine Journal of Science 82(2): 189-192 

Hoese, D.F. & Steene, R. 1978. Amblyeleotris randalli, a new species of gobiid fish living in association with alphaeid shrimps. Records of the Western Australian Museum 6(4): 379-389 figs 1-3 

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Randall, J.E. 2004. Five new shrimp gobies of the genus Amblyeleotris from islands of Oceania. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 8(2): 61-78 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp. 

Randall, J.E. & Jaafar, Z. 2009. Comparison of the Indo-Pacific shrimpgobies Amblyeleotris fasciata (Herre, 1953) and Amblyeleotris wheeleri Polunin & Lubbock, 1977. Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 15(1): 49-58.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428034

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:4-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:8 cm TL

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