Amblygobius albimaculatus (Rüppell, 1830)
Butterfly goby
Amblygobius albimaculatus
photo by Kochzius, M.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  18 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range - 10 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa south to Durban (South Africa), including most islands in the western Indian Ocean islands; Indonesia, Australia and South Pacific islands. Also known from Japan, Philippines (Ref. 2798) and Persian Gulf (Ref. 68964)
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 12-14. Males with 3 black spots near base of 2nd dorsal fin and round spots on cheek; females with brown-edged band from upper lip to upper operculum (Ref. 2798).
Biology:  Epibenthic and littoral, entering estuaries and lagoons (Ref. 4343). Usually seen in pairs, hovering a short distance above the substratum. Monogamous (Ref. 52884). t builds its burrow in sand or silty sand by moving out mouthfuls of sediment (Ref. 11441).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 17.12.92
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 11.03.15
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 03.07.94

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