Eleotris amblyopsis was described by Cope in 1871. The species name amblyopsis can be broken down into two words. “amblys” means “blunt” and “opsis” means “face”; a reference to the stubby chin of this species.
In English they are called Large-Scaled Spinycheek Sleeper.
Eleotris amblyopsis can reach a total length of about 10 centimeters. The color is mainly dark brown with a lighter stripe on the back. The dorsal fin consists of two parts.
This species sleeps during the day. They then hide between rocks and plants.
The diet of Eleotris amblyopsis consists mainly of fish and invertebrates. They are mainly active at night when many other fish species are asleep.
You can find Eleotris amblyopsis along the coasts of North and South America, from North Carolina in the United States to Brazil. The adults mainly inhabit the freshwater coastal rivers. The young can be found in the salt and brackish water near the coast.
They inhabit various parts with a soft bottom to a depth of about five meters.
Due to its origin from saltwater to brackish water and then freshwater, its behavior and color, Eleotris amblyopsis is actually hardly kept in the aquarium.
John de Lange
Bijgewerkt op 21 May 2023 door John