Saturday, February 28, 2009

Orange spotted shrimp goby

goal for the week 9.25hrs

The orange spotted shrimp goby (Amblyeleotris guttata) is found in the outer reef areas in patches of coarse carbonate sand between Asia and Australia. It forms a symbiotic relationship with the goby shrimp (Alpheus orchrostriatus) the shrimp digs and maintains the burrow they both live in. The goby in turn watches for predators and brings food back to the burrow that the shrimp benefits from. The goby grows to a maximum size of about 4 inches and they generally eat small invertebrates. This goby is somewhat popular in the aquarium hobby as it will spawn in captivity and generally gets along with small ornamental shrimp.

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