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Shrimp or Watchman Gobies of the Genus Amblyeleotris

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By Bob Fenner

Amblyeleotris randalli

Genus Amblyeleotris: twenty three described species. 

Aurora Goby 03/31/2008 It just came to my attention that in your Shrimp Gobies page (http://www.wetwebmedia.com/shrimpgobies.htm), you don't have the Aurora Goby listed. Perhaps there is still debate as to which genus this fish falls into, but it would seem most have agreed that it should correctly identified as Amblyeleotris aurora. I've had mine in a 12g nano for a few months now. He readily eats frozen meaty foods and has been a nice, flamboyant addition to the mini-reef. (Actually, he's the only fish in there). Every time I write, I make sure to commend you on your efforts and make sure you know how much you're appreciated. If the attached photo can be used, please feel free to do so. Thank you, again. Jason Wedehase <<Hello Jason. Two superb photographs, thank you for sharing these with us. I am sure they will be a valuable addition to the Goby database. Regards, A Nixon>>

Amblyeleotris diagonalis Polunin & Lubbock 1979, the Diagonal Shrimpgoby. Indo-Pacific; East Africa, Red Sea to Indonesia, GBR. To 8 cm. in length. Lives in association with the alpheid Alpheus bellulus.  Told apart from other similar-appearing shrimpgobies by the thin diagonal lines on the head. N. Sulawesi pic.

Amblyeleotris fasciata (Herre 1953), the Red-banded Shrimp-Goby. Western central Pacific in distribution. To a little over three and a half inches in length. Occasionally imported as an aquarium species. 

 

Amblyeleotris guttata (Fowler 1938), the Spotted Prawn-Goby. Western Pacific. To nearly four inches total length.  Found in coarse gravel in shallow reefs. One in Mabul, Malaysia, another in captivity.

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Amblyeleotris gymnocephala (Bleeker 1853), the Masked Shrimp Goby. Indo-west Pacific. To nearly six inches in length. One in Pulau Redang, Malaysia in about ten feet of water, the other in N. Sulawesi. 

Amblyeleotris latifasciata Polunin & Lubbock 1979. Western Pacific; Gulf of Thailand and the Philippines. One and its alpheid prawn cohort photographed in Pulau Redang, Malaysia, another in N. Sulawesi. 

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Amblyeleotris marquesas  Mohlmann & Randall 2002. Central Pacific; Marquesas Islands. Nuka Hiva pic (Taiohae Bay). 

Amblyeleotris periophthalma  (Bleeker 1853). Indo-West Pacific; here in Fiji. To 11 cm.

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Amblyeleotris randalli Hoese & Steene 1978, Randall's Prawn Goby. Indo-Australia; Moluccas to Micronesia. Found on sand and fine rubble in burrows shared with Pistol Shrimp. Feeds on small invertebrates near this opening. To three and a half inches in length. Aquarium photos of a displaying specimen and its alpheid symbiont, and a symbiont pair in N. Sulawesi.
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Amblyeleotris steinitzi (Klausewitz 1974), Steinitz' Prawn Goby. Indo-Pacific; Red Sea to Micronesia. To three inches in length. Always found in association with the Pistol Shrimp, Alpheus djeddensis. This one off Dahab, in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea.

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Amblyeleotris sungami (Klausewitz 1969), Magnus' Prawn Goby (the scientific species name spelled backward). Western Indian Ocean; Red Sea, Seychelles, eastward. To four inches in length. This one in N. Sulawesi.

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Amblyeleotris wheeleri (Polunin & Lubbock 1977), the Gorgeous Prawn Goby. To eight cm. Indo-Pacific; East Africa to Fiji, GBR, Micronesia. Aquarium and Queensland, Australia images. 

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Amblyeleotris yanoi Aonuma & Yoshino, 1996, Flagtail shrimp goby. Bali 2014
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Unidentified Amblyeleotris sp. Indo.
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