Fish Guide

Banded Watchman Goby   (Amblyeleotris gymnocephala)
Family: Gobiidae (Gobies)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 26 to 85 ft.   Size: 5.5 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 40+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Easy   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Benthic copepods
Natural History: The Banded Watchman Goby is found on coastal sand slopes, on mangroves, and in bays. It is found with Alpheus randalli shrimp in burrows on reefs with coarse sandy bottoms. The shrimp digs a burrow that the goby rests in, with head protruding, watching the area. At times, two gobies may occupy a single burrow. In case of danger, the goby recedes along with the shrimp into the burrow.
Husbandry: The Banded Watchman Goby is a benthic fish that peacefully coexists with most other species except gobies like itself. It may be aggressive with other Watchman gobies. This fish is an excellent addition to a sand-bottom reef tank.

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