Gobiosoma robustum

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
GobiidaeGobiosoma robustumGinsburg1933Code 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 robustum

Unique Characters: 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.

Similar Species:

Seaboard Goby Gobiosoma ginsburgi

Naked Goby Gobiosoma bosc

Gobiosoma ginsburgi
Seaboard Goby – Gobiosoma ginsburgi
Gobiosoma bosc
Naked Goby – Gobiosoma bosc

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.

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.

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