Whitebarred goby


  • Mostly observed singly or in pairs, hovering above sandy bottoms. Small individuals occasionally recorded in groups.
  • Feeds on small crustaceans, organic matter and algae by sieving sands through gills.
  • Monogamous pair-spawners. Males maintain several burrows within their territories for shelter and spawning.
  • Females lay eggs in burrows. Males are responsible for guarding the eggs which limit feeding until eggs hatch. In Japan, experiments showed removal of egg-tending males leading to female providing parental care of eggs by fanning the egg mass and attacking intruding fishes.
  • Lives for at least 14 months.
  • Males reach maturity at 5.0 cm (Total Length) or 4.8 months. Females, 6.0 cm (Total Length) or 6 months



  • The body is dark purple or near black with dark brown to blackish vertical bars edged with pale blue.
  • Bluish stripes on head and across cheeks.
  • Prominent dark spot on mid-first dorsal fin and on upper caudal fin base.

Smaller individual/ juvenile:

  • Body whitish to sandy grey.
  • Five narrow orange-brown vertical bars.
  • Spot on first dorsal fin is present but less prominent.

Common Name: Banded goby, Whitebarred goby

Family Common Name: Gobies

Family: Gobiidae

Scientific Name: Amblygobius phalaena___(Valenciennes, 1837)

Maximum Length: 15 cm (Total Length)