Amblyeleotris guttata (Fowler, 1938)
Spotted prawn-goby
Amblyeleotris guttata
photo by Patzner, R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  11 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 10 - 40 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Philippines to Tonga, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 12-12. Characterized by whitish or pale grey color ; 4-5 black to faint brown bars, anterior two much darker than others; head and body with bright orange spots; pelvic fins blackish; eye with black spoke-like markings; prolonged dorsal spines as short filaments; pelvic fins united by membrane at base of fifth soft rays; predorsal scales extending forward to above posterior margin of preopercle; longitudinal scale series 65-70; greatest depth of body 4.5-5.2 in SL; rounded caudal fin (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Found in patches or expanses of coarse carbonate sand on outer lagoon and seaward reefs. Inhabits coastal to outer reef sand slopes to 25 meters depth (Ref. 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 26 August 2020 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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