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      Nocturn Goby
      Nocturn Goby

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Amblygobius nocturnus
      Max. size: 7.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 30 m
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: Maldives; Red Sea and Persian Gulf. Pacific Ocean: Philippines to the Tuamoto Islands, north to Yaeyama Islands, south to Rowley Shoals, southern Great Barrier Reef and Rapa; Guam and Kapingamarangi in Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 14. Differs from A. decussatus by having 2 somewhat broader longitudinal red bands (sometimes dark edged) as well as red bands basally on the soft dorsal and anal fins, and lacking scattered red spots on the body.
      Biology: Common in areas with fine sand to muddy bottoms at the bases of inner lagoon and coastal reefs.
      Aquarium Care: Has a temperature range of 72 - 82°F (22 - 28°C) and their natural diet consists mainly of small benthic invertebrate. They feed by taking mouthfuls of sand and sifting out benthic invertebrates and organic matter. Requires a meaty diet, i.e., enriched brine shrimp, mysis, finely chopped fish or shrimp flesh, and other various frozen carnivore foods, with one or two feedings per day. They should be housed in aquariums with a sandbed of at least two inches in depth and not housed with aggressive fishes such as groupers, dottybacks, triggerfishes or angelfishes. Small sinking enriched shrimp meal pellets are an excellent way of keeping them well fed.
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