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Superregnum : Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Gobiaria
Ordo: Gobiiformes
Subordo: Gobioidei

Familia: Gobiidae
Subfamilia: Gobiinae
Genus: Amblyeleotris
Species: A. arcupinna – A. aurora – A. bellicauda – A. biguttata – A. callopareia – A. delicatulus – A. diagonalis – A. downingi – A. ellipse – A. fasciata – A. fontanesii – A. guttata – A. gymnocephala – A. harrisorum – A. japonica – A. katherine – A. latifasciata – A. macronema – A. marquesas – A. masuii – A. melanocephala – A. memnonia – A. novaecaledoniae – A. ogasawarensis – A. periophthalma – A. randalli – A. rhyax – A. rubrimarginata – A. steinitzi – A. stenotaeniata – A. sungami – A. triguttata – A. wheeleri – A. yanoi

Amblyeleotris Bleeker, 1874

Type species: Eleotris periophthalmus Bleeker, 1853


Biat Seale, 1910
Cryptocentrops Smith, 1958
Fereleotris (subgenus of Amblyeleotris) Smith, 1958
Amblyeleotris (Fereleotris) Smith, 1958
Pteroculiops Fowler, 1938
Zebreleotris Herre, 1953


Bleeker, P. 1874. Notice sur les genres Amblyeleotris, Valenciennesia et Brachyeleotris. Verslagen en Mededeelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen. Afdeeling Natuurkunde (2), 8: 372–376. BHL Reference page.
Mohlmann, M.S. & Randall, J.E. 2002. Three new species of gobiid fishes of the genus Amblyeleotris from the Central and Western Pacific. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 50(1): 215–226. PDF Reference page.


Amblyeleotris and its species (including synonyms) in Catalog of Fishes, Eschmeyer, W.N., Fricke, R. & van der Laan, R. (eds.) 2022. Catalog of Fishes electronic version.
Amblyeleotris species list in FishBase,
Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2022. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication, www.fishbase.org, version 08/2021.
Amblyeleotris is a genus of fish in the family Gobiidae found throughout the Indo-Pacific region. This is the largest genus of the shrimp gobies or prawn gobies, so-called because of their symbiotic relationship with certain alpheid shrimps. The shrimp excavates and maintains a burrow used by both animals while the goby, which has far superior eyesight, acts as a lookout for predators. The shrimp maintains almost constant contact with the fish with an antenna. These species vary considerably in size from less than 30 mm to almost 200 mm standard length.[1]

There are currently 39 recognized species in this genus:

Amblyeleotris arcupinna Mohlmann & Munday, 1999 (Arc-fin shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris aurora (Polunin & Lubbock, 1977) (Pink-bar prawngoby)
Amblyeleotris bellicauda J. E. Randall, 2004
Amblyeleotris biguttata J. E. Randall, 2004 (Twin-spot shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris bleekeri I. S. Chen, K. T. Shao & J. P. Chen, 2006
Amblyeleotris callopareia Polunin & Lubbock, 1979 (Beautiful-cheek shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris cephalotaenia (Y. Ni, 1989)
Amblyeleotris delicatulus J. L. B. Smith, 1958
Amblyeleotris diagonalis Polunin & Lubbock, 1979 (Diagonal shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris downingi J. E. Randall, 1994 (Downing's shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris ellipse J. E. Randall, 2004
Amblyeleotris fasciata (Herre, 1953) (Red-banded prawngoby)
Amblyeleotris fontanesii (Bleeker, 1853) (Giant prawngoby)
Amblyeleotris guttata (Fowler, 1938) (Spotted prawngoby)
Amblyeleotris gymnocephala (Bleeker, 1853) (Masked shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris harrisorum Mohlmann & J. E. Randall, 2002
Amblyeleotris japonica Takagi, 1957
Amblyeleotris latifasciata Polunin & Lubbock, 1979 (Wide-barred shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris macronema Polunin & Lubbock, 1979 (Long-spine shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris marquesas Mohlmann & J. E. Randall, 2002
Amblyeleotris masuii Aonuma & Yoshino, 1996 (Masui's shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris melanocephala Aonuma, Iwata & Yoshino, 2000 (Black-head shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris memnonia Prokofiev, 2016 [2]
Amblyeleotris morishitai Senou & Aonuma, 2007
Amblyeleotris neglecta Jaafar & J. E. Randall, 2009 [3]
Amblyeleotris neumanni J. E. Randall & Earle, 2006
Amblyeleotris novaecaledoniae Goren, 1981
Amblyeleotris ogasawarensis Yanagisawa, 1978 (Red-spotted shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris periophthalma (Bleeker, 1853) (Broad-banded shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris randalli Hoese & Steene, 1978 (Randall's prawngoby)
Amblyeleotris rhyax Polunin & Lubbock, 1979 (Volcano shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris rubrimarginata Mohlmann & J. E. Randall, 2002 (Red-margin shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris steinitzi (Klausewitz, 1974) (Steinitz' prawngoby)
Amblyeleotris stenotaeniata J. E. Randall, 2004
Amblyeleotris sungami (Klausewitz, 1969) (Magnus' prawngoby)
Amblyeleotris taipinensis I. S. Chen, K. T. Shao & J. P. Chen, 2006
Amblyeleotris triguttata J. E. Randall, 1994 (Triple-spot shrimpgoby)
Amblyeleotris wheeleri (Polunin & Lubbock, 1977) (Gorgeous prawngoby)
Amblyeleotris yanoi Aonuma & Yoshino, 1996 (Flag-tail shrimpgoby)


Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2016). Species of Amblyeleotris in FishBase. January 2016 version.
Prokofiev, A.M. (2016): New Species of Amblyeleotris (Gobiidae) from Phan Thiet Bay (South China Sea, Vietnam). Journal of Ichthyology, 56 (3): 467-469.
Jaafar, Z. & Randall, J.E. (2009): A pictorial review and key to the shrimp gobies of the genus Amblyeleotris of the Red Sea, with description of a new species. Smithiana Bulletin, 10: 23-29.

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