Amblygobius sphynx (Valenciennes, 1837)
Sphinx goby
photo by Steene, R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  18 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 20 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea south to Maputo Bay, Mozambique, eastward to Micronesia (Ref. 4343).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-15; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 13-15. Characterized by yellowish brown body color grading to white ventrally; presence of 5-6 dark brown bars with white markings in between on side of body; upper back with a row of small widely spaced black spots; first and second dorsal fin equal in height; rounded caudal fin; longitudinal scale series 55; ctenoid body scales; cycloid scales on nape, abdomen, and breast; predorsal scales extending to interorbital space; scales dorsally on opercle, absent on cheek; depth of body 3.6-4.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Solitary or in pairs (Ref. 90102). Occurs on sandy or sparse seagrass substrata of protected reefs. Hovers just above the bottom and takes refuge in a burrow, Ref. 48637.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 March 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 28.01.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 19.04.13
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 03.07.94

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