Valenciennea alleni

Allens Glidergoby | Allen's Goby | Black-tip Sleeper
Valenciennea alleniValenciennea alleni, Shark Bay, WA, Photo: Andrew Green
Valenciennea alleniValenciennea alleni, Shark Bay, WA, Photo: Andrew Green
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Valenciennea alleni
Valenciennea alleni


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Similar to V. immaculata (Immaculate Glidergoby), with stripe pattern on head, but with black spot on dorsal fin tip, and only 1 stripe along side (often faint or with indistinct lower margin).


Max Size: 7 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 20.9-28.5°C

Depth: 2-9m

Habitat Generalization Index: 0.76

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: Infrequent (5.0% 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: Several (7 per transect)

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

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland

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