Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Amblyeleotris: Greek, amblys = darkness + The name of a Nile fish, eleotris (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 40 m (Ref. 90102), usually 5 - 10 m (Ref. 27115). Tropical; 21°C - 28°C (Ref. 27115)
Western Indian Ocean: Maldives southward to northern Natal, South Africa. Reported from the Andaman Sea (Ref. 9710).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30404)
soft rays: 14. Characterized by whitish body color with five, wide brown bands with diffuse margins; rear corner of mouth with oblique brown band; yellow caudal fin with ocellated red spots/streaks; divided pelvic fins except very low membrane across basal part of fins; gill opening extending forward to about one-third distance from upper rear edge of preopercle to posterior margin of eye; longitudinal scale series 66-92; greatest depth of body 5.7-6.9 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Lives with the alphaeid shrimp, Alpheus randalli, in burrows on coral reefs, with coarse sandy bottoms. Occurs in clear coastal to outer reefs on sand and rubble flats in depths of 20-35 meters (Ref. 48637).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hoese, D.F., 1986. Gobiidae. p. 774-807. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 2798)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25 - 29.3, mean 28.2 (based on 980 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00661 (0.00300 - 0.01455), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (20 of 100) .