Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Bathygobius: Greek, bathys = deep + Latin, gobius = gudgeon (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Atlantic: Tobago, Belize, Panama, Curacao, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and the Florida Keys; including Mexico and Bermuda..
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85559)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. Diagnosis: Pectoral fin rays 18-20 (modally 19); lateral scale rows 38-42; upper jaw length 12.5-15.9 % SL; first dorsal fin with 1-4 dark blotches on each spine, producing 1-4 distinct longitudinal stripes of pigment, stripes fading distally; predorsal squamation reaching anteriorly to vertical through posterior margin of preopercle, sometimes extending slightly beyond this point or falling short just short of it, rarely reaching postorbital spots; trunk with two offset rows of 6-7 dark blotches ventrally, often forming distinctive pattern resembling alternating dark squares on a checkerboard; first row positioned just below lateral midline and extending from beneath pectoral fin to caudal fin base; second row of spots offset from first, positioned just above ventral midline and extending from beneath pectoral fin to caudal fin base; spots in lower row typically more diffuse than spots in upper row, becoming more diffuse posteriorly (Ref. 85559).
Exhibits diversity of habitat preference, from shallow warm pools formed in limestone on exposed beaches with moderate wave action, from sheltered intertidal pools on rock and pebble shorelines of bays or coves, on reef crests, and over silt and mud around mangrove roots (Ref. 85559).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tornabene, L., C. Baldwin, L.A. Weigt and F. Pezold, 2010. Exploring the diversity of western Atlantic Bathygobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) with cytochrome c oxidase-I, with descriptions of two new species. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 16(4):141-170. (Ref. 85559)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00332 - 0.01511), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .