Valenciennea decora

Decorated glidergoby | Decora Goby | Orange-banded Sleeper
Valenciennea decora
Valenciennea decora, North Solitary Island, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Valenciennea decora
Valenciennea decora, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Valenciennea decora
Valenciennea decora


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale goby with gold bars on body connected by a gold stripe along bottom, black tip on first dorsal fin, and blue spots and dashes on head. Glides low down over the sand, retreating to burrows when approached. Black spot on 1st dorsal fin.


Max Size: 13 cm

Sea Temperature Range: N/A

Depth: 2-33 m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

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 (9.6% 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 (3 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