The Blueband Goby (valenciennea strigata)

June, 16th 2022

The Blueband Goby (Valenciennea strigata) can reach a length of up to 18 cm and is strictly monogamous. The couples can usually be found together in the vicinity of their self-dug burrows, where they constantly take sand, hold it in their mouths and release it again through their gills. Small invertebrates and dead organic material (detritus) are eaten. It is striking that only one partner picks up sand at a time while the other watches over his partner and makes sure that no one attacks during the distraction.

Photo Credit (Goby) : Barney Seier