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Species: Gobiosoma ginsburgi, Seaboard goby

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head swollen (from above)
tiny barbel before eye
pores: opercle 2, preopercle 3
8 broad dark bars, each with central dash
D2 I, 11; A 10; pectoral 18-19
pelvic disc oval
only scales: C base - 2 small, very rough

Gobiosoma ginsburgi Hildebrand & Schroeder, 1928

Seaboard goby

Body robust; head rounded, broader than deep, from above appears swollen; snout blunt; a very small barbel at front of eye; 2 pores above opercle; 1 pore between eyes; 3 preopercular pores; anterior nostril a short tube, posterior a raised rim; tongue rounded; no teeth on roof of mouth; upper lip separated from snout by a groove along its top edge; 3 rows of teeth on upper jaw, 5 rows on lower jaw, outer row of teeth enlarged in upper and lower jaws; gill membranes broadly joined to body under throat, with 5 rays; dorsal fin VII (spines not elongate) + I, 11 (10-12); length of 2nd dorsal base > distance from 2nd dorsal base to tail fin; anal fin I, 10 (9-11); pectoral fin 18-19 (17-20), oval; pelvic I, 5 all rays branched, disk complete, oval, reaching almost to anus; caudal fin 17 segmented rays, rounded; body naked except for two small rough scales on the tail, scales easily lost; no lateral line.

Body with 8 darker bars that have pale inner spots, the lighter interspaces narrower than the bars, these bars usually not sharply delimited, not entirely straight; a median row of short dark lines in the centers of the dark bars.

Size: 6.0 cm.

Habitat: Estuarine to higher salinities, found in association with oyster shells, small rocks, or grass beds, habitat similar to G. bosc, but generally found in deeper waters of higher salinities. Found atop stones or adjacent to stacks of live and dead limpet shells.

Depth: 0-50 m.

Massachusetts to Florida.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Rocks
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Estuary
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species..
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 50