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Sifter or Sleeper Gobies, the Genus Valenciennea

Bob Fenner

Valenciennea strigata 

Sifter/Sleeper Gobies, Genus Valenciennea: Fifteen species.

Sifter, aka Sleeper Gobies accept all kinds of foods and have proven to be quite disease resistant; their only possible downside is their prodigious digging behavior.

The orange spotted V. puellaris and blue cheek V. strigata are standard goby offerings; several other congeners are at times within reach. They're large for gobies, at half a foot, and peaceful enough for use in all types of marine set-ups.

Valenciennea helsdingenii (Bleeker 1858), the Two-Stripe  Goby. Indo-West Pacific; Red Sea and eastern Africa to the Indonesia. Grows to ten inches in length. Aquarium photo.

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Valenciennea longipinnis (Lay & Bennett 1839), the Long-Finned Goby. Eastern Indian Ocean, Western Pacific. To six inches in length. This one off of Queensland, Australia. 

Valenciennea muralis (Valenciennes 1837), the Mural Goby. Indo-Pacific; Indian Ocean and tropical West Pacific. To five inches in length. Aquarium images.

Valenciennea puellaris (Tomiyama 1956), the Maiden Goby. Indo-Pacific; Red Sea to Samoa. To a little over six inches in length. The most commonly offered member of the genus. Frequently starves due to a lack of fauna in its substrate to feed on. Skinny and healthy aquarium specimens and one in the Red Sea.
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Valenciennea sexguttata (Valenciennes 1837), the Sixspot Goby. Indo-Pacific; Red Sea to Samoa. To nearly six inches in length. This couple in the Maldives, Indian Ocean in typical setting... as a pair near the rock they live under.

Valenciennea strigata (Broussonet 1782), the Blueband Goby. Indo-Pacific; east Africa to the Tuamotus. To a little over seven inches in length. Second most popular species of the genus in the aquarium interest. Aquarium and Malaysian image.

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Valenciennea wardii (Playfair 1867), Ward's or Tiger Sleeper Goby. Indo-Pacific; Indian Ocean and western tropical Pacific around reefs to 20 meter depths. To 13 cm. in  length. Below: two aquarium pix and one in N. Sulawesi. 
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Bibliography/Further Reading:

Howe, Jeffrey C. 1998. Original descriptions: Valenciennea bella. FAMA 6/98.


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