Amblyeleotris aurora (Polunin & Lubbock, 1977)
Pinkbar goby
photo by Greenfield, J.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  11 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 5 - 40 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Maldives southward to northern Natal, South Africa. Reported from the Andaman Sea (Ref. 9710).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-13; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 14-14. Characterized by whitish body color with five, wide brown bands with diffuse margins; rear corner of mouth with oblique brown band; yellow caudal fin with ocellated red spots/streaks; divided pelvic fins except very low membrane across basal part of fins; gill opening extending forward to about one-third distance from upper rear edge of preopercle to posterior margin of eye; longitudinal scale series 66-92; greatest depth of body 5.7-6.9 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Lives with the alphaeid shrimp, Alpheus randalli, in burrows on coral reefs, with coarse sandy bottoms. Occurs in clear coastal to outer reefs on sand and rubble flats in depths of 20-35 meters (Ref. 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 June 2018 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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