Schismatogobius ampluvinculus

9. February 2010

We received for the first time now this cute goby from Taiwan. Especially when it is in the right mood it looks extremely pretty due to its contrasting black-and-white coloration. One of the generic characteristics of Schismatogobius is the fact that they have an individual coloration: there are not even two specimens with the exact same coloration. But their ability of changing the coloration is also very spectacular. It is sometimes hard to believe that all fish belong to the very same species.

Adults of Schismatogobius are restricted to fresh water. Here they live usually in larger groups in shallow parts of running water bodies. When disturbed they bury themselves very fast by wriggling moves. The species S. ampluvinculus is known to inhabit pebbly ground.

Sadly so far no successful breeding report appeared on one of the about 10 Schismatogobius species, although they spawn quite readily. The extreme tiny larvae develop probably only in marine environment. When keeping S. ampluvinculus it is very important to keep in mind that it is a subtropical species and should therefore be kept under temperate conditions. Feeding is unproblematic: they readily take frozen and live food.

For our customers: the fish has code 454812 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale market.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Taiwan
Verfügbare Größe in cm 2-5