Blue Gudgeon Goby (Ptereleotris heteropterus)
Family: Microdesmidae (Dartfishes, Wormfishes)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 3 to 164 ft. Size: 4.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Copepods, benthic crustaceans
Natural History: The Blue Gudgeon Goby is usually found in pairs that share a burrow in lagoons and bays or outer reef slopes with sand and rubble bottoms. Monogamous pairs share a burrow and never venture more than 1 or 2 meters from one another even when feeding. Groups of juveniles may share the same burrow and aggregate in the hundreds during feeding.
Husbandry: The Blue Gudgeon is a good jumper so a tight-fitting hood is a requirement for this species. It should be provided sand and live rock to allow it to burrow and hide. It is peaceful and should not be housed with aggressive fish.
AKA: Blacktail Goby, Spottail Dartfish
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