Names for Valencienna puellaris include Diamond, Orange Diamond, Orangespotted, Orange-Dashed Sleeper, Watchman or Shrimp Goby.
Photo © Debbie and Stan Hauter
Other Common Names:
Orange Diamond, Orangespotted, Orange-Dashed Sleeper, Watchman or Shrimp Goby, Pretty Prawn Goby, and Maiden Goby.
Color varies based on range location, but this goby is typically identified by its horizontal rows of diamond shaped orange spots.
Reef Tank Safe:
Diet and Feeding:
The Diamond Sleeper or Watchman Goby stirs the sand as it sifts through it, straining out food. Its diet should include a variety of live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, live black worms, and prepared foods for carnivores.
Characteristics and Compatibility:
This goby digs shallow burrows in the substrate for refuge, which keeps the substrate well oxygenated. Although a goby that is rarely aggressive towards other fishes, it may fight with other same and similar species gobies. Best kept singly or as a mated pair.