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Nemateleotris magnifica

Nemateleotris magnifica

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Ordo: Perciformes
Subordo: Gobioidei
Familia: Microdesmidae
Subfamilia: Ptereleotrinae
Genus: Nemateleotris
Species: Nemateleotris magnifica


The Fire Goby, Fire Fish, Fire Dartfish, or Red Fire Goby is a marine dartfish.

This fish is most commonly found near the substrate of the upper reef in tropical marine waters. These waters include the Indo-Pacific, Central Pacific, east African waters, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, New Caledonia, and Pitcairn Islands.[1] They swim as deep below the surface as 70 meters, and usually hover directly above the ocean floor, facing the current to catch their prey.[1] They eat mostly copepods, zooplankton, and crustacean larvae.

They usually have a bright yellow head, merging into a white body, gradually shading into a red-orange tail. Their dorsal fins are very long, and the fish flicks it back and forth.[1] This is used as a signal to conspecifics.[2][3] As a full grown adult, it reaches a maximum length of 9 centimeters (3 in).[1] Adults occupy sandy burrows alone or in pairs, while the juveniles live in small groups. These fish are monogamous.[1] They will retreat to burrows if threatened.[2]

These fish are often kept in the aquarium. This fish is extremely easily frightened, so ample hiding places, a lack of other boisterous species, and a well-fitting hood to prevent this fish's escape are recommended.[2][3] The fish should be kept alone or in pairs to reduce fighting.[2] This fish may need live food when first introduced, but can be adapted to frozen foods.[2]


1. ^ a b c d e Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2007). "Nemateleotris magnifica" in FishBase. Apr 2007 version.
2. ^ a b c d e Sanford, Gina (1999). Aquarium Owner's Guide. New York: DK Publishing. pp. 141. ISBN 0-7894-4614-6.
3. ^ a b Dakin, Nick (1992). The Macmillan book of the Marine Aquarium. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. ISBN 0-02-897108-6.

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