Bollmannia sp.

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
GobiidaeBollmannia sp.Jordan 18901890Goby sp.

Bollmannia sp.

Unique Characters: Bollmannia sp. Large scales over entire body, including chest, nape, top of head, and cheek. Caudal fin lanceolate. Teeth on vomer absent. Head pores present. Head without elongate barbels or with 1 or 2 pairs of short bumps. Body with scales. Pelvic fins connected by a membrane. Mouth closing normally, without protruding teeth. Head compressed (FAO 2002).

From Ross and Rohde (2004) — This goby (26 mm SL, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Catalogue No. 35970) was collected by trawl off southern North Carolina (33º 13.6´N, 77º 16.7´W) on 25 September 2001 at a depth of 63–85 m. The torso was damaged during collection; therefore, the identification is somewhat tentative. The specimen has pores on the head and pre-opercle, body with ctenoid scales, dorsal-fin counts of VII (first 3–4 elongated), 13, anal-fin rays 12, pelvic rays 15, divided and long (reaching to about the eighth anal ray).

Regardless of which of the three species of western Atlantic Bollmannia is represented by this specimen, it is a significant range extension. The reported ranges of Bollmannia eigenmanni (Garman 1896), Shelf Goby, and Bollmania communis Ginsburg 1942, Ragged Goby, are south Florida and the northern Gulf of Mexico and that of Bollmannia boqueronensis Evermann and Marsh 1899, White-eye Goby, is south Florida to northern South America.

Reference: Ross, S.W., and F.C. Rohde. 2004. The gobioid fishes of North Carolina (Pisces: Gobioidei). Bulletin of Marine Science 74:287-323.