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"True" or Combtooth Gobies, the Family Gobiidae, Part 5

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


By Bob Fenner  

Genus Trimma:

Trimma cana Winterbottom 2004. Candycane Pygmy Goby. To one inch in length. Western Pacific: Philippines, Caroline Is., Fiji, Marshall Is., and Palau. Here in an aquarium. http://fishbase.org/summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=62051

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Trimma taylori Lobel 1979, Yellow Cave Goby. Indo-Pacific; Chagos, Hawaii, Guam, Indonesia, Red Sea. Found in caves, often upside down. Feed on harpacticoid copepods principally. To 3.5 cm. Males with longer first dorsal finnage, and yellow spotting on fins. S. Sulawesi pix of a male and female.   http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Indonesia&Genus=Trimma&Species=taylori
Trimma sp.. S. Sulawesi pix.

Trimma sp.. S. Sulawesi pix.

Other Goby Genera/Groups:

Shrimp-Goby Symbionts: Gobies in the genera Amblyeleotris, Cryptocentrus, Ctenogobiops, Istigobius, Stonogobiops and more.

Sifter/Sleeper Gobies, Genus Valenciennea:  

Other Gobies?:

You betcha. This is a mere smattering of the industry's currently most often varieties. Baensch and Debelius (1994) have almost 100 pages dedicated to this group. WEB, HRA & REH (1990) 41 goby pages in their tome.

Heck, we didn't even mention the "land" Gobies called Mudskippers that spend more time out of the water on mud flats than in.

Mandarin or Psychedelic "Gobies", aka Dragonets:

I'd like to mention the family Callionymidae (18 genera, about 40 species) here though they're not true or real gobies at all (they're members of a different suborder altogether), for two reasons: One, because of their link by common name with the Gobioids; and two, as a convenient place to state my opinions re their unsuitability for marine aquariums. Please follow the link above.

Foods, Feeding, Nutrition:

A primary concern and source of mortality of this groups members is outright starvation. Many eat a considerable amount of small food organisms... throughout the day. Be aware and on guard re nutritional deficiency. Here's a starving Amblygobius sphynx at a retailers.

Bibliography/Further Reading: (See sub-groups pages for their bibliographies)

Goby Groups In General:


Baensch, Hans A. & Helmut Debelius. 1994. Marine Atlas, vol.1. MERGUS, Germany.

Brown, Stanley. 1996. Gobies. V.4, #1 96 The J. of Maquaculture, The Breeder's Registry.

Burgess, Warren E. 1975. Salts from the seven seas; gobies. TFH 2/75.

Burgess, Warren E., Herbert R. Axelrod & Raymond E. Hunziker. 1990. Atlas of Aquarium Fishes, vol. 1, Marine Fishes. T.F.H. Publ., NJ.

Colin, Patrick. 1975. The green band goby (Gobiosoma). Aquarium Digest International 3:3, 75.

Damian, Sorin. 1993. Breeding behavior of the sand goby, Pomatoschistus (Bubyr) caucasius. FAMA 2/93. Cold water example.

Delbeek, Charles & Scott W. Michael. 1993. The substrate sifting Gobies: Fishes that earn their keep. AFM 5/93.

Fenner, Bob. 1999. Gobies. Notes for the new saltwater hobbyist. FAMA 9/99.

Hunziker, Raymond E. 1985. Gobies for freshwater and brackish aquaria. TFH 12/85.

Nelson, Joseph S. 1994. fishes of the World, 3rd ed. John Wiley & Sons, NY. For systematic reviews.

Coral Gobies, Genus Gobiodon

Debelius, Helmut. 1986. Gobies in the marine aquarium, pt. 3: Coral gobies. Today's Aquarium 1/86.

Esterhaus, Hans. 1995. The citron goby, Gobiodon citrinus. TFH 12/95.

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