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Engineer Goby   (Pholidichthys leucotaenia)
Family: Pholidichthyidae (Convict Blenny)
Natural Range: Western Central Pacific Ocean
Depth: 33 to 66 ft.   Size: 12 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 70+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Crustaceans, small fish.
Natural History: The Engineer Goby inhabits shallow lagoons and coastal reefs. Juveniles form groups and school, resembling the venomous Striped Eel Catfish (Plotusus lineatus). Adults form loose groups and live secretive lives, often seen around coral heads and rock ledges. While juveniles have horiztontal stripes, adults have vertical bars and yellow bands.
Husbandry: This species is an excellent digger and should be provided sand and plenty of live rock for hiding places and to excavate its home. Rock should be resting on the bottom (not just on the sand) of the aquarium to avoid being displaced by the digging. This species will eat small ornamental crustaceans and fish. It has been successfully kept in groups in aquaria.
Reproduction: This species has spawned successfully in captivity.

AKA: Convict Blenny

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