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little fish living in stylophora

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jwgarner

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Apr 16, 2004
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Hello!
I added a stylophora to my tank about a month ago and I just noticed a little fish living between the branches. Sorta looks like a little gobbie. It is orange-ish brown-ish rust-like in color and its eyes look like 2 shiny blue/green dots. Anyone know what kind of fish this might be? It is approx 2.5 cm in length. I tried to take pix, but he the quality was not worth posting. This stylo specimen was collected in Tonga. Thanks!!
ps. there are a couple of crabs living on this specimen too.
 

Illusion

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My first guess would be a barnicle blenny.. Might search around for a pic and see if thats what it is..

HTH<
James
 

jwgarner

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I looked at both the clown goby and the barnacle blenny. Doesn't appear to be either of these. It never leaves the coral and stays close to the base. Its eyes do not have "eyeballs". They are just 2 little blue/green neon dots. Thanks.. I'll keep looking for it on the internet and try to get a decent pic to post.
 

Elmo18

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We can safely say that it is a Gobiodon . The exact species, probably need a better pic, even if its just of the eye.

One clown goby species that has blue in the eye (although it is from a vertical stripe on the eye) is the Gobiodon citrinis , and also the common green one Gobiodon atrangulatus.

Take a close look at the rest of the body past the head. Is it mainly one color ? Does it have red speckled dots forming a horizontal on the body with several red vertical stripes near the back of the head?

- Ilham
 

kevinpo

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I agree it is likely one of the Gobiodon sp. They eat meaty foods and will quickly dart out to get them then retreat back to their home in the coral.

Regards,
Kevin
 
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