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Species of Thailand

Red fire goby

Binomial name: Nemateleotris magnifica, Henry Weed Fowler, 1938

Nemateleotris magnifica, the Fire Goby, Fire Fish, Fire Dartfish, or Red Fire Goby is a species of dartfish native to the Indian and Pacific oceans from the eastern coast of Africa to the Hawaiian Islands and from the Austral Islands north to the Ryukyu Islands. It is an inhabitant of reefs where it can be found at depths of from 6 to 70 m. It is usually found just above the bottom, facing into the current, where it awaits its prey of small invertebrates.

They usually have a bright yellow head, merging into a white body, gradually shading into a red-orange tail. Their dorsal fins are very long, and the fish flicks it back and forth. This is used as a signal to conspecifics. As a full grown adult, it reaches a maximum length of 9 centimeters (3 in). Adults occupy sandy burrows alone or in pairs, while the juveniles live in small groups. These fish are monogamous. They will retreat to burrows if threatened.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Actinopterygii
Order
Perciformes
Family
Microdesmidae
Genus
Nemateleotris
Species
Nemateleotris magnifica

Common names

  • English:
    • Fire dartfish
    • Fire fish
    • Fire goby
    • Red fire-goby
  • French:
    • Gobie de feu
    • Poisson de feu

Synonyms

  • Nemateleotris magnificus, Henry Weed Fowler (1938)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Red fire goby

Red fire goby

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Range map of Nemateleotris magnifica in Thailand

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