Inhabits coastal and inner reef sand flats and slopes, often in large lagoons (Ref. 48637). Found normally over clean, medium-grained sand patches interspersed with coral heads. It shares its habitat with the larger species such as V. longipinnis. Occurs in pairs or small groups and has been observed in burrows. Monogamous (Ref. 52884). Observed to rock back and forth when moving near the burrow.
- Hoese, D.F. and H.K. Larson 1994 Revision of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Valenciennea, with descriptions of seven new species. Indo-Pac. Fish. (23):71 p. (Ref. 8527) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=8527&speccode=12606
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