Amblyeleotris guttata

Blackchest Shrimpgoby | Spotted Prawngoby | Spotted Shrimpgoby
Amblyeleotris guttata
Amblyeleotris guttata, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Amblyeleotris guttata
Amblyeleotris guttata, Naigani Is, Fiji, Photo: Andrew Green
Amblyeleotris guttata
Amblyeleotris guttata, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Amblyeleotris guttata
Amblyeleotris guttata
Amblyeleotris guttata


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Relatively large burrow-dwelling goby, rows of gold spots on head and body, 4-5 faints dark bars on side, dark chest, and pelvic fins, pale eye with 4 black spots and a scattering of blue spots on head and throat. Lives in burrows excavated by associated snapping shrimp, acting as a guard.


Max Size: 11 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.8-30.6°C

Depth: 4-40m

Habitat Generalization Index: 3.56

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (10.7% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.