Dawn goby
  • Amblyeleotris aurora
  • English Name : Dawn goby
  • Local Name : Dingaa funna
  • Size : Max. 11 cm
  • Family : GOBIIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 6 spines. Second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 13 rays. Anal fin with 1 spine and 14 rays. Pectoral fin with 18-19 rays. Breast and pectoral fin base scaled. Pelvic fin connected at base only. Middle of nape naked, sides scaled forward to above end of operculum.
  • Colour: White with five light red bars and a bright red diagonal band on cheek. Caudal fin yellow with 3- 9 large red spots.
  • Habitat and Biology: Inhabits mixed sand and rubble bottoms at depths between 5-15 m. Shares a burrow with a snapping shirmp.
  • Distribution: Known only from islands of Western Indian Ocean, including Seychelles and Maldives.
  • Remarks: Amblyeleotris aurora, does not dig a hole for itself if there is a snapping shrimp already occupying one nearby, but instead seeks contact with the shrimp. The goby makes sure that its resting position is so arranged that its tail always remain in contact with its partner.