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Cryptocentrus cinctus, Yellow Shrimp Goby. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

The gobies represent the largest family of saltwater fishes, with new genera and species still being discovered and identified. Most gobies live in marine environments, but some occur in brackishwater or freshwater.

Most of the gobies are elongate and slightly compressed, with large, united pelvic fins that serve as an adhesive disc in some species. Most species have two dorsal fins (the spinous dorsal is absent in some species). The majority of gobies are relatively small (the shortest fish in the world is a goby), but the largest species can reach 50 cm (20 in.).


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Taxonomic rank: Family

Common name: Gobies

Total known Total profiles
Subfamilies 5 1
Genera 212 29
Species 1,875 27