Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Gobioidei
Family: Gobiidae

Genus/species: Amblygobius phalaena


GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Overall greenish brown body with five dark brown to blackish vertical bars. Has pale edged dark stripe through eye and another across cheek; head with white streaks; small white spots in 3-4 horizontal rows on body.


DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Indo-Pacific region and has been recorded from the Cocos-Keeling Islands, Marquesas and French Polynesia across to Australia and southern Japan. Found on reef flats and sheltered coral reefs to depths of 20 metres.

DIET IN THE WILD: Feeds by sifting mouthfuls of sand and expelling it through the gills, to capture small invertebrates, organic matter, and large quantities of algae.

CONSERVATION: IUCN; not evaluated.

REMARKS: Unlike other gobies, it spends most of its time, swimming along with other fish in water column. Will grow up to 6 inches long.

Upside-down Jellyfish tank PR35 in past, Philippine coral reef tank PR04 and shallows PR03a



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