Blackbarred Reefgoby is a small fish with the scientific name Priolepis nocturna. It lives in the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean, where it is found in depths of 26 to 98 feet on coral reefs.
This fish likes to hide in cracks within the reef. Also, this fish is safe for coral reefs.
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Blackbarred Reefgoby Interesting Facts
- Blackbarred Reefgoby thrives in coral reefs across the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, at depths of 26 to 98 feet.
- This small fish grows up to 1.5 inches (3.9 centimeters) long and is known for hiding in cracks within coral reefs.
- Unique features include four wide dark bars on its body, no scales on its head, and a dark spot resembling an eye on its caudal fin.
- Safe for coral reefs, it has comb-like body scales and no vertical row of bumps or projections on its cheek.
Blackbarred Reefgoby Habitat
Blackbarred Reefgoby is found in the Indo-Pacific region, from Seychelles and Maldives to Marquesas, including the Philippines and the Phoenix Islands.
It lives in marine environments near reefs and doesn’t migrate. The depth range of this tropical fish is between 8 to 30 meters (26 to 98 feet).
Blackbarred Reefgoby Physical Characteristics
Size: 1.5 inches (3.9 centimeters)
Blackbarred Reefgoby grows up to 1.5 inches (3.9 centimeters) long. It has 7 dorsal spines, 10 dorsal soft rays, 1 anal spine, and 8 anal soft rays.
Some key features of Blackbarred Reefgoby are:
- No fraenum (thin tissue fold),
- More than 28 lateral line scales,
- At least 20 pectoral fin rays,
- Four wide dark bars on a light body background,
- A dark spot resembling an eye on the front part of the caudal fin,
- Two bands under its eye,
- Large black spots with partial rings on both dorsal fins,
- Ctenoid (comb-like) body scales up to the second dorsal spine; smooth scales on the front area including the base of pectoral fin, breast, and abdomen underside,
- No scales on the head and middle nape region; small embedded scales from the side of the nape to above the middle opercle (gill cover), and
- Cheek without a vertical row of bumps or projections; body depth is about one-fourth its length.