Nemateleotris magnifica

Red Firegoby | Fire Dartfish | Fire Goby | Firefish
Nemateleotris magnifica
Nemateleotris magnifica, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Nemateleotris magnifica
Nemateleotris magnifica, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Nemateleotris magnifica
Nemateleotris magnifica, Marion Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Antonia Cooper
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Nemateleotris magnifica
Nemateleotris magnifica
Nemateleotris magnifica


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pearly front half of body, orange rear, dark red tail, and extended white first dorsal spine, which it flicks back and forth. Hover individually or in pairs at a burrow entrance.


Max Size: 9 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.5-31.2°C

Depth: 6-70 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 10.5

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: Least Concern

Occurrence: Frequent (15.7% 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: Few (4 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields