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Wheeler’s Shrimp Goby

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Amblyeleotris fasciata - (Herre, 1953)
Wheeler’s Shrimp Goby

A hardy and colorful shrimp goby. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is one of the more colorful members of the genus and regularly shows up in aquarium stores. It is a hardy aquarium fish, but will sometimes jump out of a tank if disturbed.

The color of this species varies depending on the color of the substrate where it is found. Those living on lighter sand have bright red bands on the body, while those found on dark sand have burgundy-colored bands.

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Red-banded Prawn Goby
  • Redbarred Shrimp Goby

Native range:

Habitat: In the wild, this species occurs in pairs and is commonly found in patches of coarse carbonate or volcanic sand of outer lagoon and seaward reefs.

Maximum length: 7.9 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

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

[edit] Feeding

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

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It is rarely aggressive, and males and females will pair up in even small aquariums.

[edit] Notes

(Taxonomic note: this species was formerly known as Amblyeleotris wheeleri. The species formerly known as A. fasciata is now referred to as A. katherine.)

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Wheeler’s Shrimp GobyRDF feed
Common name Wheeler’s Shrimp Goby  +, Red-banded Prawn Goby  +, and Redbarred Shrimp Goby  +
Family Gobiidae  +
Genus Amblyeleotris  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Christmas Island  +, Eastern Indian Ocean  +, Samoa  +, Ryukyu Islands  +, and Great Barrier Reef  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name fasciata  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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