General information on Dracula Goby
Dracula’s Goby body is a pure white color, which is rarely encountered in the aquarium hobby. With deep bands of red oxblood that are alternated by smaller stripes of orange-reddish, that put Stonogobiops Dracula in an era of style and elegance that is it’s own. It is a native of the small reefs that make up the Maldives wild specimens from Dracula Goby inhabit open sand areas that are dotted with rubble close to the bottom of reef structures. In the home aquarium, it is believed that the Dracula Goby does best when kept in similar habitats. As with the other Shrimp Gobies in the Gobiidae family, The Dracula Goby digs shallow burrows in the sand substrate, and rarely wanders far from its designated territory. They prefer to sit on the sand to the outside or within the column of water right over the entrance to the burrow. While perched outside their burrow it keeps watchful of predators as well as prey. If a larger, more aggressive fish comes close to it, it will dart back into its burrow. If prey is discovered suspended in the waters column Stonogobiops Dracula will rapidly leap up and grab it, before returning nearly directly back to its burrow. Another feature that the Dracula Goby share with other Shrimp Gobies, is that the Dracula Goby will also pair with pistol shrimp. They seem to favor Alpheus randalli to be their burrowmate. To maximize the benefits of this symbiotic relationship it is recommended that its hopeful pistol shrimp companion should be brought into the aquarium at the same time. Although calm it is not without risk. Dracula Goby will sometimes spar with similar species or fish that are more aggressive in similar size in order to defend its territory.