Amblyeleotris periophthalma (Broad-banded shrimpgoby)


Elongate body, tan with six dark brown bars on head and side, irregular brown blotches between bars, dark-ringed orange spots on the head.


Unevaluated by the IUCN Red list. Fairly common on tropical reefs, but shy. When not approached gently it will quickly hide in its burrow.


Indian Ocean and Indo-West Pacific, Andaman Sea to Samoa, SouthWest Japan to Australia. Sand bottoms of lagoons and seaward slopes in a depth range of 3-35 meters.



Up to 11cm.

Prey / Predation

They feed on zooplankton and small benthic invertebrates.

Special features

Shares its burrow with alpheid shrimps, with which it has a symbiotic relation. The shrimps clean out the burrow, the goby guards it.