Burgundy Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris wheeleri (Polunin & Lubbock 1977)

Other Names: Burgundy Shrimp Goby, Burgundy Shrimp-goby, Gorgeous Shrimpgoby, Redbarred Shrimp Goby, Wheeler's Shrimp Goby, Wheeler's Shrimpgoby

A Burgundy Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris wheeleri, in Padre Burgos, Eastern Visayas, Philippines. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr: Pacificklaus. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial


A shrimpgoby with seven reddish to dark reddish bands on a pale background, the first through the eye, head and body with small blue spots, and scattered red spots on head including corner of mouth. The Burgundy Shrimpgoby is often confused with the Redband Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris fasciata.

Video of a Burgundy Shrimpgoby with the shrimp Alpheus randalli.

Video of a Burgundy Shrimpgoby and shrimp at Balicasag Island, Philippines.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Amblyeleotris wheeleri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 26 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/71

Burgundy Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris wheeleri (Polunin & Lubbock 1977)

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Recorded in Australia from Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, to Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to Sydney, New South Wales; also Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Usually inhabits sandy and rubble areas in deep lagoons and on reef slopes, living in a symbiotic relationship with alpheid shrimps, especially Alpheus ochrostriatus.


Dorsal fin VII, 12; Anal fin I, 12; Longitudinal scale series 50-58.

Pelvic fins medially united for nearly half length of fifth ray; predorsal scales extending forward to above posterior margin of preopercle; greatest depth of body 4.5-5.2 in SL; caudal fin rounded, slightly longer than head.

Similar Species

The similar Amblyeleotris fasciata differs in having narrower red bands and lacking red markings on the second dorsal fin.

Species Citation

Cryptocentrus wheeleri Polunin & Lubbock, 1977, J. Zool., London 183: 88, figs 16-17. Type locality: Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Burgundy Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris wheeleri (Polunin & Lubbock 1977)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428044

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-40 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

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