Amblyeleotris gymnocephala (Bleeker, 1853)
Masked shrimpgoby
Amblyeleotris gymnocephala
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  14 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 5 - 35 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-19; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 18-20. Similar to A. macronema in color pattern but has more dorsal and anal rays (Ref. 37816). Characterized by whitish or pale grey color; presence of dark brown stripe from behind the eye to upper edge of gill cover; five wide , diffused brown bars on side; brown scribbling on upper half of body between bars; pelvic fins united by membrane at base of fifth soft ray; without median predorsal scales; longitudinal scale series 120-130; greatest depth of body 6.3-7.0 in SL; lanceolate caudal fin, about twice the head length (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occurs in coastal sand slopes (Ref. 8631). Found in mangroves and bays (Ref. 4833). Found in coastal sand slopes and estuaries and usually at moderate depth of about 20 meters on deeper slopes (Ref. 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 June 2018 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 01.07.94
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 12.04.18

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