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Twinspot gobies display fascinating mating behavior

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 27, 2013 10:00 AM
Our friends Anna and Ned DeLoach at never cease to amaze us with the photos and videos they capture on their tropical adventures. Here Anna narrates their observation of an adorable monogamous pair of Signigobius biocellatus breeding in the silty muck of Papua New Guinea.
Twinspot gobies display fascinating mating behavior

The lovely couple striking a pose for Ned.

Anna's narration provides all the story this post needs, but if you want to read more about these twinspot gobies, head on over to  This footage reminds aquarists that fish are much more interesting when kept in natural social groups and appropriate environments.  That said, S.biocellatus is one of those species best left in the ocean because they fare poorly in captivity unless you have a large, mature aquarium with very fine sand brimming with infauna (copepods, amphipods, worms, etc).

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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