Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Gobiosoma: Latin, gobius = gudgeon + Greek,soma = body (Ref. 45335). More on author: Günther.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 14 m (Ref. 92840). Tropical
Eastern Central Pacific. Central America as far south as southern Panama; including the Gulf of California, Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92840)
soft rays: 9 - 11;
Vertebrae: 27. Distinguished by having the following characteristics: distinct barbel adjacent to anterior nare; tip of snout with a pair of barbels; mental frenum produced into two prominent barbels; first dorsal fin with no greatly elongate or filamentous spines; D2 I,13-14; side of the body heavily scaled from caudal peduncle extending to or just falling short of axil of pectoral fin; cycloid scales on body; sensory head pores B', C(s), D(s), E, F, H', K', L' usually present (pore C sometimes absent); preopercular pores 3 (Ref. 95098).
Inhabits shallow environments to depths of 14 m. Found in habitats with mud or sand mixed with shell and/or rock (Ref. 92840); in rocky or mangrove tide pools (Ref. 95098).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hoese, D.F., 1995. Gobiidae. Gobios, chanquetes y guasetas. p. 1129-1135. In W. Fischer, F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) Guia FAO para Identification de Especies para lo Fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. 3 Vols. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9304)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 27.2 - 29.1, mean 28.5 °C (based on 101 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00603 (0.00271 - 0.01339), b=3.09 (2.91 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.3 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 (15 of 100) .