Blackray Shrimp Goby

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Stonogobiops nematodes - Hoese & Randall, 1982
Blackray Shrimp Goby

Peaceful species that lives in a symbiotic relationship with a snapping shrimp (Alpheus sp.). Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is one of many gobies that forms a symbiotic partnership with a snapping shrimp (Alpheus sp.), and this relationship can be amazing to watch in the home aquarium. This handsome shrimp goby species will readily adapt to a peaceful community tank. Try to acquire both fish and its crustacean partner, which will dig a burrow that they share for protection.

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Highfin Shrimp Goby
  • Filament-finned Prawn Goby
  • Antenna Goby

Native range:

Habitat: Reef-sand interface. Provide some burrows or holes near the aquarium bottom where this fish can hide if not kept with its partner shrimp.

Maximum length: 5.1 cm (2 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Feed meaty fresh and frozen foods—which will be eaten by both fish and shrimp—at least once a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

This is a peace-loving goby that will not bother other fish species. You can keep more than one in the same tank, but be sure they have enough space to spread out, and that there are appropriate hiding places and/or shrimp for each individual. Its small size and passive disposition means it is often the target of more pugnacious species. It is not a threat to ornamental invertebrates.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Demersal (on or near the bottom) spawners that tend and protect their broods.

[edit] Notes

This shrimp goby spends more time hovering just over the substrate than most others in this guild. It often partners with the Tiger Snapping Shrimp (Alpheus bellulus) or Randall’s Snapping Shrimp (A. randalli). Keep in a covered tank.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Blackray Shrimp GobyRDF feed
Common name Blackray Shrimp Goby  +, Highfin Shrimp Goby  +, Filament-finned Prawn Goby  +, and Antenna Goby  +
Family Gobiidae  +
Genus Stonogobiops  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 2 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Indian Ocean  +, Western Pacific  +, Philippines  +, Bali  +, and Seychelles  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name nematodes  +
Swimming level Bottom.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +