Orangespotted Glider Goby (species: Valenciennea puellaris) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Valenciennea puellaris
Orangespotted Glider Goby

©Lyle Vail: Valenciennea puellaris at Dynamite Pass (Reef 14-140) near Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Valenciennea puellaris at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Valenciennea puellaris at base of reef slope between Bird and South Islands, Lizard Island Group, 24 m depth.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Valenciennea
Species Valenciennea puellaris



Distinguishing features

A thin yellow/orange body stripe with a row of thicker yellow/orange spots above, along with other small yellow/orange spots on body and blue markings on head. No black spot on the dorsal fin.


  • Up to 14 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Hoese, D.F. and H.K. Larson (1994). Revision of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Valenciennea, with descriptions of seven new species, Indo-Pacific Fishes, 23: 1-71. LIRS catalog number 715.
  • Smit, N.J., A.S. Grutter, R.D. Adlard and A.J. Davies (2006). Hematozoa of teleosts from Lizard Island, Australia, with some comments on their possible mode of transmission and the description of a new hemogregarine species, Journal of Parasitology, 92: 778-788. LIRS catalog number 991.