Here is a funny Friday fish face. This little cutie is a Spotted Shrimpgoby (Amblyeteotris ogasawarensis), from the Raja Ampat area of Indonesia. Seriously, this fish looks like it belongs in a Dr. Seuss book, dontcha think?
There are many varieties of these shrimp gobies – so called because they live in partnership with little bulldozer shrimp. The shrimp are basically blind, and depend on the gobies to alert them of danger. The gobies rely on the shrimp to excavate the holes in the sandy/rubbly bottom, in which they cohabit, and also the lengthy tunnels that connect them. On approach, the shrimp will scurry into the hole, quickly followed by the goby. And then you will have to wait, and wait, and wait some more, for one or both to re-emerge. I have yet to get an attractive image of both the shrimp and the goby together. Skittish little b*stards… :^)