Amblyeleotris fasciata (Herre, 1953)
Red-banded prawn-goby
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  8 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 4 - 20 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean to Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands (Ref. 559), south to the southern Great Barrier Reef.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-14; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 10-12. Differs from A. wheeleri by having narrower red bands and lacking red markings on the second dorsal fin.
Biology:  Moderately common in patches of coarse carbonate or volcanic sand of outer lagoon and seaward reefs. Occurs in pairs and burrow with a yellow species of prawn. Minimum depth range reported taken from Ref. 30874. Feeds on small benthic invertebrates (Ref. 89972).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 01.02.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 18.10.14

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