Orangespotted Shrimp Goby

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Amblyeleotris guttata - (Fowler, 1938)
Orangespotted Shrimp Goby

A colorful and common species - a good choice for the reef aquarium. Scott W. Michael


This is one of the most attractive shrimp goby species and is relatively common in the marine fish trade. As with other members of this genus, it is well-suited for aquarium life. This species bounces up and down with its fins spread and mouth open wide when displaying.

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Spotted Prawn Goby
  • Spotted Shrimp Goby

Native range:

Habitat: This shrimp goby is usually found on sand or rubble patches of the reef face.

Maximum length: 8.9 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)


Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, pigment-enriched flake food, and Cyclop-eeze. Feed at least once or preferably twice a day.

Aquarium Compatibility

It is not aggressive, except possibly toward conspecifics (this applies particularly to males). Keep only one per tank, unless you have a male-female pair or the aquarium is large (100 gallons or more).

Special Care

If proper hiding places are not available and/or if it is harassed by tankmates, it will jump out of an uncovered tank.


When possible, purchase a goby-shrimp duo collected and imported as a symbiotic unit.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM