Gobiosoma bosc

Gobiosoma bosc
Naked Goby – Gobiosoma bosc
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
GobiidaeGobiosoma bosc(Lacepède)1800Naked Goby

All Gobiosoma – Pelvic fins completely united to form a round sucking disc. Dorsal fins separated. Body stout. No chevron markings on sides. Upper pectoral-fin rays broadly united. Tongue sometimes slightly indented but not notched. No lobes on shoulder girdle. Lateral scales, if present, usually < 57.

Gobiosoma bosc

Unique Characters: No scales anywhere. 9-11 dark body bars present. Bars extend into dorsal fin. No elongate dark spots on lateral line. Dorsal rays 13. Anal rays 12. 9–11 body bars of even widths. Posterior tips of pelvic-fin rays not reaching one-half distance to anal fin.

Similar Species:

Seaboard Goby Gobiosoma ginsburgi

Code Goby
Gobiosoma robustum

Gobiosoma ginsburgi
Seaboard Goby – Gobiosoma ginsburgi

Seaboard Goby Gobiosoma ginsburgi. Body without scales, except usually two small scales at base of caudal fin. Body with six or seven white bars that are wider on lower half of body than on upper half. Lateral line usually with elongate dark spots.

Code Goby Gobiosoma robustum. No scales anywhere. Body bars present. Pale body with narrow, mostly interrupted, almost splotched bars that make it look chainlike; midlateral series of dashes. Dorsal rays 12. Anal rays 10. Posterior tips of pelvic-fin rays reaching anus.

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