VALENCIENNEA DECORA - (HOESE & LARSON, 1994)
Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Gobiidae (Family) > Gobiinae (Subfamily) > Valenciennea (Genus)
Decorated Glidergoby, Decora Goby, Decorated Glider Goby, Orange-banded Sleeper,
The Decorated Glidergoby has a yellow stripe on the lower side of the body and either one or four to five bars crossing the sides. There are two or three blue stripes on the head. The top of the head and snout have blue spots. The first dorsal fin has a black blotch. Depth range 2 - 33 m. Max length : 11.3 cm SL.
Valenciennea: From Achille Valenciennes 1794-1865; he worked with Duméril, Cuvier and Lacepède since 1815; malacologist, author of a "Histoire naturelle des poissons".
decora: from the Latin decorus meaning 'adorned' or 'elegant', in reference to the beautiful colour pattern of this species.
It occurs in tropical marine waters of New Caledonia, Fiji and Australia. Recently reported from Tonga.
Inhabits sandy areas. Seek refuge in shallow burrows.