Amblyeleotris neumanni, a new species of shrimp goby from New Britain

John E. Randall and John L. Earle

aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, pp. 19-24, Volume 11, Issue 1 – 1 February 2006


The gobiid fish Amblyeleotris neumanni is described as a new species from three specimens, 44.2-53.9 mm SL, collected in 26 m off Lolobau Island, New Britain, Papua New Guinea. It was observed in symbiotic association with the snapping shrimps Alpheus rapacida and A. sp., with which it shares a burrow.  It is distinctive in having 12 or 13 dorsal soft rays, 13 anal soft rays, 19 pectoral rays, 98-100 scales in longitudinal series, males with filamentous third to fifth spines, lanceolate caudal fin, pelvic fins fully joined, pelvic frenum, and in colour: four broad dark orangish brown bars on body with irregular dark markings between; ocellated orange spots on spines and rays of dorsal fins; basal part of anal fin with adjacent narrow longitudinal bands of black, orange, blue, and blue-green; pelvic fins pale blue or green.

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