This brightly colored goby is also known as the “zebra dartfish.” It lives in the South Pacific, and feeds on zooplankton.
  • Size

    4.7 inches (12.0 cm)
  • Diet

  • Range

  • Habitat

    Hard bottoms in the shallow waters of exposed seaward reefs

Physical Characteristics

  • Fusiform shape, with a pale yellow coloration. Dark blue-edge red-to-purple patch under the eye. Orange bar on pectoral fins bordered by a bright blue.
  • Individual may grow to 4.7 inches (12.0 cm) in length.

Animal Fact

There are more than two thousand species of goby fishes.

Diet / Feeding

  • Like other dartfish species, the zebra goby mainly feeds on zooplankton in the water column as well as among the reef and substrate rubble.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea to the Line, Marquesan and Ryukyu Islands, southward through the Great Barrier Reef and the Mariana and Marshall Islands in Micronesia.
  • Found on hard bottoms in the shallow waters of exposed seaward reefs, exposed to strong currents at depths ranging from 7 to 102 feet (2-31 m). Common depth does not exceed 13 feet (4 m).

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Also known as the “zebra dartfish.”
  • A schooling species, aggregating in small to large groups.


  • Coral Reef Fishes. Revised Edition. Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers
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