Gobiosoma ginsburgi

Gobiosoma ginsburgi
Seaboard Goby – Gobiosoma ginsburgi
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
GobiidaeGobiosoma ginsburgiHildebrand and Schroeder1928Seaboard 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 ginsburgi

Unique Characters: Body without scales, except possibly 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.

Similar Species:

Yellowprow Goby Gobiosoma xanthiprora
(= Elacatinus xanthiprora)

Naked Goby
Gobiosoma bosc

Code Goby
Gobiosoma robustum

Gobiosoma bosc
Naked Goby – Gobiosoma bosc

Yellowprow Goby Gobiosoma xanthiprora (= Elacatinus xanthiprora). No scales anywhere. No body bars. Yellow stripe from eye to caudal fin (pale in preserved specimens). Yellow rectangle from tip of snout to interorbital.

Naked Goby Gobiosoma bosc. No scales anywhere. Body bars present. No yellow stripes on body or head. Dorsal rays 13. Anal rays 12. 9–11 body bars of even widths. No elongate dark spots on lateral line. Posterior tips of pelvic-fin rays not reaching one-half distance to anal fin.

Code Goby Gobiosoma robustum. No scales anywhere. Body bars present. No yellow stripes on body or head. Dorsal rays 12. Anal rays 10. Pale body with narrow, mostly interrupted, almost splotched bars; midlateral series of dashes. 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.

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