Amblyeleotris rhyax Polunin & Lubbock, 1979
Volcano shrimpgoby
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  7.25 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 30 - 45 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: New Britain and the Philippines.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 12-12. Characterized by white body color with numerous red-edged orange spots on head and body; head and anterior body with three narrow reddish bars; two additional, less distinct bars below second dorsal fin; separate pelvic fins, joined by low membrane at base on fins; scaled midline of nape, scales on side of nape extending forward to above operculum; longitudinal scale series 66-71; greatest depth of body 5.0-5.6 in SL; more or less pointed caudal fin, usually longer than head (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Found in outer reef slopes, inhabiting burrows made by alpheid prawns in sand and rubble (Ref. 26237). Also found in sand-rubble bottoms adjacent to seaward reefs in 30-45 m (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 March 2022 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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