Firefish Goby

Firefish Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) as seen in our Sea & Me exhibit.

The Firefish Goby is a common reef fish found in the south Pacific. It is striking both for its coloration and unique body shape with an exceptionally long dorsal fin. This fin is yellow with a pink edge and tapers to an elegant point over the fish’s back. The front half of the body is pinkish or yellowish, often with bold spots around the gills. The body becomes darker toward the tail where it is usually orange, dark red or reddish-brown. Other varieties of this goby are also known for their bright colors which range from golden yellow to violet to red. These are small fish with adults rarely exceeding three inches (7.6 cm) in length. They are social and often form large schools around coral reefs where they feed on a variety of tiny floating animals called zooplankton.

Range & Habitat

The Firefish Goby can be found throughout the Pacific, west to the edge of the Indian Ocean and as far east as the central Pacific Ocean.

Conservation Status:

Common. The fish is popular with tropical fish aquarists, both for their physical beauty and their mild temperament.