Redmargin Shrimpgoby (species: Amblyeleotris rubrimarginata) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Amblyeleotris rubrimarginata
Redmargin Shrimpgoby

©Lyle Vail: Amblyeleotris rubrimarginata at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, on soft sediment away from reefs.

©Anne Hoggett: Amblyeleotris rubrimarginata at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island. Note prominent dark spot behind eye and row of red spots on margin of dorsal fins.

©Anne Hoggett: Amblyeleotris rubrimarginata with shrimp at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island. This photo identified by Dianne Bray in 2017 (Fishes of Australia accessed 28 Apr 2018).
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Amblyeleotris
Species Amblyeleotris rubrimarginata



Distinguishing features

Pale body with with five broad brown bars and a few dark markings in the pale spaces. A large black spot above and behind eye. Irridescent blue line with thinner gold line above sloping from mid dorsal line to below eye (may be pale). Dorsal fins with red/brown margin and spaced small spots. Three small dark spots on back, one near front of first dorsal fin base, second between the two dorsal fins, and third near middle of second dorsal fin base. Narrow bars on upper lip. Lives in burrow with shrimp.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©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

  • Mohlmann, M.S. and J.E. Randall (2002). Three new species of gobiid fishes of the genus Amblyeleotris from the central and western Pacific, Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 50: 215-226. LIRS catalog number 899.