Whitecap Goby (Lotilia graciliosa)
Family: Gobiidae (Gobies)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 3 to 66 ft. Size: 1.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Benthic copepods
Natural History: The Whitecap Goby is found on sandy substrates of reef flats. It is associated with the burrowing shrimp Alpheus rubromaculatus and uses its refuge for safety. It is generally observed hovering above its shrimp-made burrow, using its pectoral fins like fans.
Husbandry: The Whitecap Goby is a rare species in the aquarium trade. It is considered a hardy species and acclimates best if its symbiotic shrimp associate is also present. It is best kept in a sand and live rock reef system. This fish is an excellent addition to a nano sand-bottom reef tank.
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