Amblyeleotris diagonalis Polunin & Lubbock, 1979
Diagonal shrimp goby
photo by Honeycutt, K.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  11 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 6 - 40 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Kenya, Madagascar, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Sri Lanka, Born Island, Andaman Sea; Guadalcanal, Solomons; Flores, Indonesia; south to the Great Barrier Reef.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-13; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 13-13. Characterized by whitish body color; snout and cheek with pair of thin, slanting dark brown bands, five wider brown bands on side with few brown spots between each band; anal fin yellow with blue margin; low basal membrane joins pelvic fins; predorsal scales extending forward to above posterior margin of preopercle; longitudinal scale series 67-75; greatest depth of body 5.2-6.7 in SL; caudal fin 2.8-3.6 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Lives with symbiont alpheid shrimps which prepare and maintain burrows in sand or sand and rubble areas (Ref. 9360). Found in coastal to outer reef sand slopes (Ref. 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 26.05.95
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 01.04.13

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