Hector's Goby

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Description of the Hector's Goby

The Hector's Goby is named after Sir James Hector, a Scottish Geologist, Naturalist and Surge
on (1834 1907). Its natural habitat is sheltered coral reefs and it can be found swimming just above the reef base searching for food. Hector's Goby is a peaceful fish and with its beautiful yellow stripes makes a great addition to any tropical aquarium.

Popular Name: Hector's Goby
Species: Amblygobius hectori

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Hector's Goby

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Profile of the Hector's Goby
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Hector's Goby species.

  • Size: Up to 8.5cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 22 - 30 Degrees. PH 8.0 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Algae, Brine Shrimp and Black worms

  • Temperament: Solitary Fish

  • Habitat: Reef Dweller at depths of up to 20m

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: Indo-West Pacific, Red Sea

Scientific Classification of the Hector's Goby
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Amblygobius hectori

  • Popular Name: Hector's Goby - Hector's Grundel

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Gobiidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Hector's Goby?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Hector's Goby slimy?
Hector's Goby secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Hector's Goby to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Hector's Goby have gills?
Gills enable the Hector's Goby to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Hector's Goby have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Hector's Goby has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Hector's Goby has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Hector's Goby has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Hector's Goby has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Hector's Goby

Hector's Goby

  • Interesting Information about Hector's Goby

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Hector's Goby slimy?

  • Why do the Hector's Goby have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Hector's Goby have fins?

  • Species: Amblygobius hectori

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