Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalmus (Bleeker 1853)

Other Names: Blotched Shrimp Goby, Blotchy Shrimpgoby, Broad-banded Shrimp Goby, Broad-banded Shrimp-goby, Periophthalma Prawn-goby, Periophthalma Shrimpgoby, Slender Shrimp Goby

A Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalmus, at Dauin, Central Visayas, Philippines, March 2015. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A shrimpgoby with 6 reddish to brown bars on head and sides that branch on the lower sides, brownish blotches between the bars, a red blotch just behind the mouth, and dark-edged reddish to orange spots on the head.

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Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalmus (Bleeker 1853)

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Recorded in Australia from the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, to Marchinbar Island, Wessel Islands, Northern Territory, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to One Tree Island, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the Indo-West Pacific, from the East Africa to Tonga, and north to Japan. 
Inhabits sandy areas in estuaries, lagoons, and coastal and offshore reef slopes at depths to 35 m.


Dorsal fin XI + I, 12; Anal fin I, 12;  Longitudinal scale series 80-85. 
Greatest depth of body 4.6-6.4 in SL; caudal fin longer than head, 2.8-3.4 in SL.


Gobies of the genus Amblyeleotris filter mouthfuls of sand through their gill rakers, and pick organisms from the sand near their burrows.


The specific name periophthalmus is from the Greek peri (= around) and ophthalmos (= eye), perhaps in reference to this species having a rounded head like a mudskipper of the genus Periophthalmus.

Species Citation

Eleotris periophthalmus Bleeker 1853, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. Nederland Indië 4: 477. Type locality: Java (as Batavia) Indonesia. 


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Broadbanded Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris periophthalmus (Bleeker 1853)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428040

Behaviour:In burrows with alpheid shrimps

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-35 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm SL

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